|UPDATE 7/15/13 - At least two men of at least five men burned at an explosion and fire at an Antero gas well site in Doddridge County remain in serious condition at the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh, according to a company spokesperson.|
The spokesperson said others could also be in serious condition, indicating they were employees of a contract company.
The names, ages or general addresses of the victims have not been released.
Antero spokesman Al Schopp said said some of the men are going through surgeries and skin grafting procedures and that they are making progress.
The Department of Environmental Protection has closed operations at the well site and ordered Antero to submit a report showing that it understands the cause of the incident and can safely resume operations.
7/10/13 - Reports say storage tanks exploded at a gas well drilling site in Doddridge County about 4 a.m. Sunday, injuring seven workers.
Five of seven workers at a gas well drilling site in Doddridge County were life-flighted to a Pittsburgh Burn Center, the others taken to regional hospitals.
Storage tanks reportedly exploded at the site 4 a.m. Sunday.
A family member of one of the victims told WDTV-5 that the men are in critical condition.
Information regarding the incident has been sketchy with misinformation and no official information regarding the victims has been available.
The explosion happened at an Antero well site off Brushy Fork Rd. in New Milton.
The company has shut-down the site.
Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kathy Cosco says a tank at the site apparently explode, while Antero vice president Kevin Kilstrom told media that two crews were preparing to enter production tubing into the well when the accident occurred.
Antero Resources, a Denver-based gas drilling company, has had safety problems in West Virginia.
In August 2012, a spark at an Antero-owned well in Harrison County ignited methane gas several hundred feet underground, causing a fireball and a fire that injured three workers.
DEP cited Antero for failure to maintain well control of the incident.
In June, 2012, Antero was drilling using water in Harrison County when they repressurized some old water wells, causing several geysers, that flooded one nearby home and several garages.
In March 2011, state regulators shut down an Antero gas well in Harrison County after mud contaminated with drilling chemicals spilled into a stream.