EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCompany Cited In Fatal WV Well Pad Blast
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Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Aug. 16, 2013 6:16 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Federal regulators have cited a company whose worker died in an explosion at a Taylor County natural gas production site.
The Charleston Gazette reported the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a serious citation to Central Environmental Services LLC.
The Feb. 15 explosion occurred on an EQT Corp. gas well pad near Flemington. Brian Hopkins was killed as he attempted to transfer briny wastewater from a tank into a truck. It's a routine activity at drilling sites, and explosions are uncommon.
The OSHA citation alleges Central Environmental employees used headlamps that didn't prevent sparks, fires or explosions.
Central Environmental Services is based in the Wood County community of Washington, and no one answered an after-hours call at the company Friday night.
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