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Fire at Butler County well site extinguished

| Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 7:12 p.m.
bill vidonic | tribune-review
Firefighters prepare to attack a fire on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at an unmanned well site in Butler County.
A fire at a Butler County well site burns on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

A fire at a Rex Energy Corp. well site burned for about an hour on Tuesday until Butler County firefighters put it out with a chemical agent, officials said.

An evacuation was not ordered, authorities said.

The fire was reported about 6:45 p.m. at the Lynn well pad on Meridian Road at the intersection of Powder Mill Road in Butler Township.

The fire involved a storage tank at the well head, said Steve Bicehouse, county emergency services director. The tank stored about 200 barrels of a natural gas byproduct, said Butler Township fire Chief Toby Wehr. There were no injuries.

“We do not believe that any environmental or health impacts occurred as a result of this event,” according to a statement from Rex Energy. “Rex gas ... will take all necessary steps to determine the incident's cause.”

Preliminary indications are that a valve on a production tank might have malfunctioned, a company spokesman said.

The company does not believe there was any damage to the well.

The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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