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Regulator Faults Gas Company in Pa. Well Blowout

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Pennsylvania’s top environmental regulator has released a scathing report on the cause of a natural gas well blowout in the north central part of the state in early June.

KYW’s Tony Romeo reports from Harrisburg that Pennsylvania environmental protection secretary John Hanger called it a massive disregard for safety procedures and proper practices that led EOG Resources to lose control of a natural gas well in Clearfield County, Pa.

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(Pa. DEP secretary John Hanger stands alongside two photos of the recent natural gas well blowout.)

And he warns that another incident like this will have “devastating” consequences for the company:

“To your question about, essentially, license revocation, I’ll phrase that as putting them out of business in Pennsylvania were this to happen again with EOG.  Absolutely.”

EOG and its contractor have been fined a total of more than $400,000 following an investigation that concluded that the well blowout resulted from, among other things, a failure to maintain at least two pressure barriers between the gas formation and the surface, and the use of untrained personnel.

Hanger puts blame for the incident squarely on human actions.

(Photo by KYW’s Tony Romeo)

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