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Fire, Not Explosion, At Susquehanna Drilling Site

A fire at a Susquehanna County well pad was more contained than initially thought, according to the Times-Tribune:

LATHROP TWP. – A late Tuesday night gas well fire originally reported in Susquehanna County as an explosion may have just been a valve fire.

Kristi Gittins, vice president of public affairs for Chief Oil & Gas, which operates the Ellwood Phelps 2H well pad in Lathrop Twp., said, “There was no explosion.”

However, a valve did catch on fire in one of the separator units, Ms. Gittins said, and workers did have the well shut down in under 30 minutes.

Colleen Connolly, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said that DEP personnel were on scene Wednesday morning…

She added that three wells are located on the Phelps well pad site, and all of them have been shut down until the one unit can be replaced and the others re-inspected.

Chief has incurred seven violations at the Phelps well pad, according to StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Shale Play App. Find out more information about the well by clicking to the site.



  • Dr. Patricia Fox

    In fact, there was an explosion. I live across the street (Route 2009) and I can assure you, our house shook. Ms. Gittins did not appear to be present on the evening of the explosion so I can only she is misinformed. We called 911 and watched emergency personnel arrive on site. The owner of the property was not at home.

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