Five contract workers were injured, four seriously, following a blast near a gas drilling site in Doddridge County, West Virginia, early Sunday morning. All five were transported to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
The explosion occurred during flow back operations about 50 feet away from the drilling rig, which is owned by Antero Resources. The rig was undamaged.
Antero hired two outside firms to investigate the cause, Alvyn Schopp, a vice-president at Antero, told Rigzone.
The explosion is also being investigated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Schopp said, adding that it might have been a methane explosion.
A tank pump appeared to have malfunctioned, although it was too early to say for certain, Kathy Cosco, a spokeswoman for DEP, said in a statement to Reuters.
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