W.Va.-Pa. Stream Being Used In Gas Well Restoration Effort


A natural gas well fire in Greene County, Pa., is out after it burned for several days.

A stream that meanders along the West Virginia-Pennsylvania border is being used to help keep the site restored, as order is slowly coming back to the location.

Dunkard Creek is the stream being used to withdraw water as the site is being worked on.

“Dunkard Creek is flowing at the bottom of the hill, near the well site. We evaluated the withdrawal point and determined the volume of water they are requesting, and the rates that they will be pumping it, posed no threat to water quality,” said Scott Perry with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The water is basically there as a safety net, in case another fire would start burning. Perry says that’s possible but unlikely.

The greatest threat at the site now, according to Perry, is methane venting out of the well, as workers try to replace the damaged well head. Perry says there are meters at the site that are set to alarm workers if methane levels get too high.