WTAE Team 4: Pittsburgh
Letter Details Cause
Of Fiery Marcellus Gas Well Blast
DEP Asks Pennsylvania Gas Producers
To Follow Best Safety Practices
Team 4: News Video
"The state Department of Environmental Protection has sent a letter to every gas-producing company in Pennsylvania, explaining what went wrong at a recent Marcellus Shale gas drilling rig explosion and asking the industry to use best practices when it comes to safety".
"Team 4 investigative reporter Jim Parsons obtained a copy of the letter, which said that the fire in Avella, Washington County, caused a 'significant threat to public health, safety and the environment ...' and that it was caused by 'improperly managed condensate that produced vapors that ignited.'"
"There's no mention in the letter of requirements that must be followed. Instead, the DEP said it is 'requesting' that companies 'voluntarily adhere' to best practices, and it concludes the letter by 'strongly encouraging' producers to develop plans to safely control hydrocarbon vapors."
Team 4: Story - HERE
DEP Letter - HERE
"Why is the DEP
asking instead of telling?"
WE ARE GETTING SO...