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Subject: Details of the Carmichaels Gas Site Accident: Greene County (PA) Incident
On August 20, we received a report of an accident at an East Resources site on South Muddy Creek Road, Carmichaels (Greene County) . The report claimed that a worker's flashlight set off a methane explosion from a "brine tank" (industry buzzword for flowback water?) It was very strange that there was no word of this from DEP or the media. Finally, on August 26, we received this confirmation from DEP via Kathy Davis:
“There was an incident where a water hauler was on the top of a tank and he said when he checked the tank with a flashlight, it flashed on him. Burning him on the hands and face. He went to the hospital and was treated and released. The company contacted our Greene county oil and gas inspector and we were notified of the incident. The cause of the ignition was never proven and new protocols have been initiated by the company including no water transfers after hours, no flashlights, lighters or anything that is not intrinsically safe. The department is supplying our inspectors with intrinsically safe flashlights and related equipment as needed. Ignoring the fact that no unauthorized people should ever be on a well location, tank or anywhere near the wellhead themselves. Gas wells, locations and the equipment used on the locations by their very nature must be assumed to be flammable atmospheres. One should never be discharging a firearm, smoking, burning, taking pictures, using a cell phone, running gasoline or diesel engines anywhere on or near the location without the proper protocols being put in place. And just to be clear, no one should ever be hunting from the top of any brine, oil or fluids tanks associated with any oil or gas wells in the commonwealth or anywhere in the country for that matter. . . “Michael H. Arch, PG
Oil and Gas Inspector Supervisor
Dick Martin, Coordinator
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