DILLINER, Pa. (AP) - State environmental officials are hopeful that expert firefighters brought in by Chevron will be able to cap a Marcellus Shale natural gas well that burst into flames in southwestern Pennsylvania earlier this week and is believed to have killed one worker.
The fire continued to re-ignite at points Thursday as crews removed metal equipment that was superheated by the fire about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh in Dunkard Township.
Department of Environmental Protection officials say crews have been trying to remove the metal debris, including a truck, so they can get close enough to cap the well and to try to confirm the death of a worker who remains unaccounted for. But cold snowy weather in the forecast could delay that for a day or two.
The well exploded into flames Tuesday morning.
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