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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 [...]

Crews stop natural gas leaks at Chevron well pad in southwest Pa.

Two weeks after a fire broke out on a Chevron well pad in Greene County, emergency crews have stopped the flow of natural gas from two damaged wells on the site. The well where the fire started was capped on Sunday afternoon. Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, crews capped a second well that had borne the brunt [...]

Crews cap leaking Chevron gas well that started fire in southwest Pa.

On Sunday afternoon, crews capped a leaking Chevron natural gas well in Greene County that caught fire nearly two weeks ago, resulting in the death of a 27-year-old contract worker. Methane gas continues to spew from a second well that also ignited on February 11 in Dunkard Township. Chevron says it could be a few more days [...]

Remains found at site of southwest Pa. gas well fire

This post was updated on 2/20/14 at 10 a.m. More than a week after a fire engulfed two natural gas wells in Greene County, Pennsylvania State Police have found what they believe to be the remains of a missing worker. Ian McKee, 27, originally of Warren, Pennsylvania, was identified by his family this week as [...]

Missing worker identified in gas well fire [Updated]

*This post was updated at 4:30 p.m. The missing worker in last week’s natural gas well explosion in Greene County has been identified as 27-year-old Ian McKee, of Warren, Pennsylvania, according to the Times Observer of Warren. The paper reports that about 40 friends held a candlelight vigil for him on Thursday: McKee works for Cameron [...]

With fire out, crews move toward capping wells at Greene County explosion site

The fire at a Greene County natural gas well pad extinguished itself on Saturday afternoon and is expected to stay out, allowing crews to move forward with plans to shut down the wells that were damaged by an explosion and fire last week, officials said today. Chevron said in a statement Sunday evening that it couldn’t [...]

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