Friday, January 29, 2010

Questions remain in gas well accident in Tuscarora Township

From the Towanda Daily Review:

TUSCARORA TWP. - An accident Thursday at the Mowry natural gas well on Clapper Hill Road sent three people to the hospital and sparked an investigation into how the incident occurred.

Although scanner reports from Wyoming County Communications termed the accident an "explosion," Brian Grove, a representative from Chesapeake Energy Corp., which owns and operates the well site, insisted that no explosion occurred during the situation. Instead, Grove explained, what occurred was a "forceful uplift in tubing," which launched sections of tubing from the well bore into the derrick.

Two employees of a contract company at the scene were transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment of non-critical injuries, according to the press release. They were later released after treatment. A third contractor, who also suffered non-critical injuries, was later taken the hospital for treatment as well, and remains hospitalized as of 6 p.m. Thursday.

One of the interesting aspects of the influx in gas drilling is the amount of new gas workers coming to the area. So far, in our workers' compensation practice, it appears that the drilling companies are fairly safe-- there does not appear to be a signficant amount of accidents and injuries. Hopefully, it will stay that way.

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