Another natural gas well explosion in West Virginia, continues to burn after 6 days

In June, a natural gas well exploded in West Virginia and burned seven workers. Earlier this week, another well exploded. Fortunately, this time no one was injured. But the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection determined that the well fire "presents an imminent danger to persons and an imminent danger that a fresh water source or supply will be contaminated or lost."

It appears that no one knows how to put the fire out. That does not give the public much confidence in the safety of these wells. We look forward to the results of the investigation to learn more about how this happened.

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Amy Mall

Senior Advocate, Dirty Energy, Lands Division, Nature Program

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