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W.Va. DEP allows drilling at well fire site

SYCAMORE, W.Va. -- State regulators say Antero Resources can resume drilling at a natural gas well where a fire injured three workers in August.

Department of Environmental spokesman Tom Aluise says company must give the agency more data on the site and gather data on five residential water wells within 2,000 feet of the gas well.

Methane gas several hundred feet underground ignited Aug. 17. That triggered a fire on the floor of the drilling rig at Anterio's Cottrill No. 3 well in Harrison County.

Aluise tells West Virginia Virginia Public Broadcasting that the ignition source hasn't been determined.

The DEP cited Antero for failure to maintain well control at its Southern pad near Sycamore.

The company will have to bring in a new rig before it can resume horizontal drilling.


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