The Times West Virginian

October 2, 2012

DEP allows drilling at well fire site


Associated Press

SYCAMORE — State regulators say Antero Resources can resume drilling at a natural gas well where a fire injured three workers in August.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise says the company must give the agency more data on the site and gather data on five residential water wells within 2,000 feet of the gas well.

Methane gas several hundred feet underground ignited Aug. 17. That triggered a fire on the floor of the drilling rig at Antero’s Cottrill No. 3 well in Harrison County.

Aluise said the ignition source hasn’t been determined.

The DEP cited Antero for failure to maintain well control at its southern pad near Sycamore.

The company will have to bring in a new rig before it can resume horizontal drilling.