Two men were flown by medical helicopter to Guthrie Medical Center on June 18th with injuries suffered when a pressurized pipe burst as they were connecting it at a drilling site in Galeton. This site is located on Lick Run Road. Cindy Kalbach lives nearby on Elk Run Road and heard the sirens coming up her street. She was understandably very concerned, wondering what was happening, and worried about her property if, for example, there was a fire. She said the gas company Ultra Resources, Inc., did not answer calls on its emergency lines. She cited the constant lack of communication and unwillingness to help neighbors know what to expect. Ironically she says that she was approached by Ultra a week ago about signing a gas lease. That is one thing that will never happen, she said. Watch the video of Cindy speaking. Personal stories tell it best. Ms. Kalbach says the peaceful, tranquil life she once had has been taken away. Quiet, fresh air- all gone. She is left with a scratchy voice from the dust and exhaust fumes.
The environmental manager of safety operations from Ultra, a Houston-based gas drilling company, would not specify what type of accident occurred at the well site, nor would he divulge the extent of the injuries suffered by the two men.
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Click here for a report by Samantha Martinez.