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Chevron finishes installing new wellheads at Greene County explosion site

| Monday, March 3, 2014, 3:18 p.m.

Chevron over the weekend finished installing new wellheads at a Greene County site but continues to investigate what caused a recent explosion and subsequent days-long fire that killed a worker.

Workers for the company and Wild Well Control Inc. of Houston installed a shutoff valve and new head on a third well at the Lanco site in Dunkard. Crews previously capped two other wells on the site that ignited on Feb. 11 and killed Ian McKee, 27, of Warren, Pa. He worked as a field service technician for Cameron International, a subcontractor working at the Chevron gas well site.

Chevron officials said Monday they are still working with the state Department of Environmental Protection and other regulatory agencies to determine was caused the incident.

Though the three wells have been capped, Chevron said it plans over the next several weeks to install plugs about 8,000 feet below the surface as an additional layer of protection.

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