1 of 2 gas wells sealed in Pa. after fatal blast

Natural gas drilling

DILLNER, Pa. (AP) – Chevron says crews have capped a southwestern Pennsylvania gas well that exploded and caught fire earlier this month, killing a worker.

Officials say the well that caught fire Feb. 11 in Greene County’s Dunkard Township was capped Sunday. Crews are now working to cap an adjacent well that caught fire three days later.

Kelly Burch of the state Department of Environmental Protection told The (Washington) Observer-Reporter that the second well should be sealed by Wednesday.

Officials say the blast killed 27-year-old Ian McKee, a field service technician for Houston-based Cameron International who was working at the pad when the fire broke out.

Greg Leather, director of the Greene County Emergency Management Agency, said monitoring at the site still shows no dangerous levels of pollution in the air from leaking gas.

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