The Times West Virginian

July 7, 2013

Explosion at gas well site injures eight in W.Va.


Associated Press

NEW MILTON — Eight people have been injured in an explosion at an Antero Resources natural gas drilling site in Doddridge County.

Doddridge County EMS says the explosion occurred around 4 a.m. Sunday at a well site in New Milton.

Antero vice president of production Kevin Kilstrom said two crews were preparing to enter production tubing into the well when the accident occurred. He says there was a fire and a possible explosion.

Kilstrom says five contract workers were transported to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh.

Doddridge County EMS says a total of eight workers were injured. The others were taken to in-state hospitals.

The victims’ conditions weren’t immediately available.

Kilstrom says the company has notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.