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Lawsuit Filed In Pennsylvania Natural Gas Well Fire

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Chesapeake Appalachia is being sued in West Virginia by two workers who were injured in an explosion at a natural gas drilling site just outside of Avella, a small town in southwestern Pennsylvania, about 25 miles from Pittsburgh.   Hydraulic fracturing of the well had been completed at the time of the fire.

Though Chesapeake has not commented on the lawsuit, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has reported that Chesapeake mismanaged flammable byproducts before the February 23 explosion.

The lawsuit claims that Chesapeake was negligent in allowing condensate vapors to ignite and by failing to establish how the highly flammable condensate would be safely stored, controlled and handled. During the massive fire at the Joseph Powers well site, five 500-barrel storage tanks ignited severely injuring the two plaintiffs.

The trucking firm that employed the injured men is not involved in the lawsuit. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has yet to establish if this incident warrants fines.

Chesapeake Appalachia is ”based in Charleston, West Virginia with oil and natural gas properties in Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Maryland. As of November 16, 2005, Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. is a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation”, which is based on Oklahoma.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit Filed In Pennsylvania Natural Gas Well Fire was posted on Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 7:02 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits.

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