Greene County gas well blast did not foul air, state says
An explosion and fire that killed a worker at a Chevron gas well in Greene County did not foul the air, state regulators said Wednesday.
The Department of Environmental Protection took air samples from several locations around the Marcellus gas well in Dunkard for nine days after the Feb. 11 explosion and found no pollutants at unhealthy levels.
The tests found elevated levels of propene and chemicals that come from oil. The department said it would expect propene in the air but could not say if the other chemicals came from the blast and resulting leak, which a contractor capped on Feb. 20.
The department is investigating the incident but already sent Chevron a notice of violations, charging that the company blocked state inspectors from accessing the site the day of the explosion. The blast and fire injured a worker and killed Ian McKees, 27, of Warren, a field service technician for subcontractor Cameron International.