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Family of worker killed in southwest Pa. gas well fire sues Chevron

The family of a worker who was killed in a February explosion at a Chevron natural gas well site in Greene County has filed suit against the company. Ian McKee, 27, was a contract worker with Texas-based Cameron International. On the morning of Feb. 11, McKee was participating in a safety meeting on the site in [...]

DEP says residents not exposed to harmful air pollution during Chevron well fire

Nearby residents and emergency crews that responded to a February explosion at a natural gas well site in southwest Pennsylvania were not exposed to harmful air pollution, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. In a report released Wednesday, the department said it collected air samples near the Chevron well site in Dunkard Township, [...]

Chevron blocked access to DEP after fatal well fire in southwest Pa.

When a Chevron natural gas well exploded in Greene County, killing a worker, the company blocked personnel with the state Department of Environmental Protection from accessing the site for nearly two days. The DEP acquiesced, despite its regulatory authority. Now, that issue is one of nine violations the DEP outlined in a letter to Chevron [...]

Chevron pizza controversy puts southwest Pa. coal town in the spotlight

Bobtown is having its 15 minutes of fame. The small town in southwest Pennsylvania has been on the lips of late-night comedians, Twitter wits and anti-fracking activists. First, in February, a Chevron natural gas well near Bobtown exploded, killing a young worker. Then, the company responded by giving community residents free coupons to Bobtown Pizza. This struck Chevron’s critics [...]

Pa. DEP says radiation levels ‘normal’ after Greene County gas well fire

The Department of Environmental Protection says residents were not exposed to unsafe levels of radiation in the days following last month’s explosion and fire on a Chevron natural gas well pad in Greene County. On Feb. 13 and 14, the Bureau of Radiation Protection collected samples from three spots in Dunkard Township to make sure [...]

Natural gas well explodes in southwest Pennsylvania [UPDATED]

Last updated at 10:55 a.m. Thursday Click here for more updates. The Associated Press reports one worker is injured and another missing after a natural gas well exploded early Tuesday morning in Dunkard Township, Greene County in southwest Pennsylvania. More details from the AP: Chevron spokesman Trip Oliver says the fire was reported at about 6:45 [...]

For Marcellus Drillers, Profits Rise

Good news seems to keep pouring in for Pennsylvania’s shale drillers. Last week, Cabot Oil and Gas reported record production volumes and earnings for 2012. Speaking at a hearing in Philadelphia City Council Wednesday afternoon, David Yoxheimer, from the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, says Marcellus wells produced 2 trillion cubic feet of natural [...]

Decreased Coal Value Hurts Greene County’s Tax Base

Greene County is covered in natural gas drilling rigs. But in an odd twist, the Marcellus Shale boom is indirectly putting a dent in a portion of the county’s tax revenue. Here’s why: the domestic shale gas boom — specifically the cheap natural gas prices it’s created — has undercut the coal industry. Coal layoffs [...]

Greene County Coal Miner Dies In Workplace Accident

Last week, a coal miner at a Consol site in Greene County was killed on the job. William Mock, 61, was struck by a falling rock on Thursday afternoon, according to the Associated Press: “Initial indications are that he was struck by a rock along the track haulage,” Consol spokeswoman Lynn Seay said in an email. [...]

A Closer Look At Pennsylvania’s Latest (But Still Incomplete) Production Report

Note: Chesapeake Energy’s production data has not been included in the Department of Environmental Protection’s report yet. The company says it submitted the information to the state by Wednesday night’s deadline, and blames a “technical issue” for the snag. Once Chesapeake’s information is included, Bradford County’s totals will certainly go up . We’ll update this [...]

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