Northern Panhandle gas well fire could burn indefinitely
CAMERON, W.Va. — Until Chesapeake Appalachia can figure out how to choke off the flow of natural gas, a well fire in the Northern Panhandle will continue to burn.
By The Associated Press
UPDATE: DEP Shuts Down Chesapeake Site
State concerned about possible adverse effects on local water supply as fire continues to burn
By CASEY JUNKINS
According to a press release, environmental department leaders cited Chesapeake for “failing to prevent the release of natural gas and the potential pollution of waters of the state” regarding the blaze that ignited at 6:50 a.m. Sunday. The department also suspended all of Chesapeake’s operations at the site as efforts to extinguish and investigate the fire continue.
“The fire clearly presents an imminent danger. And the fresh water supply could be contaminated because of the fire and the efforts to manage the fire,” said department spokeswoman Kathy Cosco during a telephone interview. “We are not saying that a fresh water supply will be lost, but it could be.”