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Also from 15th December - the well is not a Marcellus well but a shallow gas site. However, I guess a valve is a valve is a valve.. and, like the above incident, sometimes they fail..
GAS WELL EXPLOSION IN KANAWHA COUNTY INJURES ONE
Three Cabot Gas workers were attending to a traditional natural gas well on the Samples Creek Mine property in eastern Kanawha County Thursday afternoon when a valve exploded.
Kanawha County Assistant Emergency Services Director C.W. Sigman says one worker was injured by shrapnel from the valve. He says the other two workers were uninjured but complaining of ringing ears.
Sigman says the initial explosion, which happened at around 3:15, was heard on Cabin Creek Road several miles away. He says there was no fireball or significant fire in connection with the incident. He says the gas well was quickly shut off.
Sigman says the crew was working on a water separator that separates the salt brine from the gas. They were working on a leaking valve when it exploded.
"A valve came apart and the shrapnel from that explosion hit a salt brine tank," Sigman said. "We lost some salt brine."
There were no burn injuries reported. The injured worker was taken by ambulance to CAMC General. He sustained minor injuries, officials said.
The Cabot Gas well is located on the backside of the Samples Mine property, which is owned by Patriot Coal.
GAS WELL EXPLOSION INJURES ONE IN KANAWHA COUNTY WV