The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is continuing to investigate an incident at an Antero Resources well site in Doddridge County that burned two workers and sent them to hospitals around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
West Virginia Office of Oil and Gas inspectors have determined that two Antero oil and gas workers were attempting to install new floats in a low pressure side of a production unit at the Johnathon Davis Farm pad site. While working to install the floats, condensate was released from the tank, emitting vapors that were ignited by a nearby heater, according to inspectors. One Antero employee received first degree burns to his arms and hands, along with a second degree burn to his arm. The employee remains hospitalized at West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he is undergoing skin graft surgery, said Antero Resources Regional Vice President Alvyn Schopp. He is scheduled to be released from the hospital Friday. Another Antero employee was transported to United Hospital Center in Bridgeport after he received first degree burns on his arms. He was treated, released, and returned to work on Monday, Schopp said. Schopp declined to release the names of the two employees.
The well pad is located off of Ramsey's Ridge Road near West Union. There were five wells in production on the pad at the time of the incident. The unit being worked on was associated with the Valentine 2H well. A second production unit nearby was tied in with the Valentine 1H well and was damaged by the fire, according to the Office of Oil and Gas.
Inspectors said it didn't appear that any fluids had contaminated the ground. At this point in the investigation, Antero has not been cited in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.
in August 2013 for failing to maintain well control in connection with a July 7 well explosion at the New Milton, Doddridge County Ruddy Alt well pad. Five men received severe burns in that gas well explosion and two of the men later died as a result of their injuries.