WV DEP Investigating Tank Rupture in Doddridge County

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is still investigating the cause of a tank rupture at a gas well site in Doddridge County last week.

A tank ruptured at an Antero Resources gas drilling site last Friday, causing a small blast. Although no injuries or fire were reported, investigators are trying to figure out what exactly happened. The tank was holding hydraulic fracturing flowback water, says DEP spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater.

“Our inspectors are still investigating, but they believe the cause was a buildup of pressure in the tank. Until the investigation is done, all production on that pad has been shut down,” she said.

There’s not a specific timeline of when the investigation is expected to be complete.