Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

A huge natural gas line explosion just lit up West Virginia

SISSONVILLE, WV — “WSAZ says that right now, no injuries or fatalities have been reported. A ‘Shelter in Place’ has been issued for buildings in the area, though.

The AP reports that according to state police, several structures are on fire.

West Virginia Metro News cites Kanahwa County Commissioner Kent Carper:

‘The flames are shooting 50, 75 to 100 feet. There’s fire everywhere,’ said Carper reporting from the scene on 58-WCHS. ‘Gas company is on the scene working with emergency officials to get the gas shut off, then we’ll assess if we have injuries or casualties. At this time it’s a fairly chaotic scene.’

‘Several structures are involved. The fire is so hot it’s like a blevy. It’s caused houses to melt and burn way far away, he said. “Many structures are on fire in a large fire area stretching hundreds and hundreds of feet.’

Now, WSAZ reports that the well has been capped.

— Matthew Boesler, Business Insider

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Gas explosion causes massive fire in Sissonville

Charleston Gazette