Crews respond to explosion on well pad in Marshall County

Marshall County explosion

Emergency crews responded to an explosion on a well pad in Marshall County Monday morning.

Emergency crews are investigating an explosion that happened on top of a well pad in Marshall County Monday morning.

The explosion happened on top of a well pad owned by Southwestern Energy about 10 a.m., said Tom Hart, emergency management director for Marshall County. A resident nearby reported the explosion, and crews found a second explosion when they arrived, he said.

It’s not clear what kind of material, or how much of it spilled, according to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s spill report.

The material is considered hazardous, though.

Crews decided to let the fire burn, and keep the tanks on the site cool, Hart said. The fire was out by 12:40 p.m. Some equipment was damaged, but the well pad in still intact, Hart said.

No one was injured, but he said an employee was treated for heat-related illness, Hart said.

Christina Fowler, a spokeswoman for Southwestern Energy, confirmed the explosion, but said no Southwestern Energy employees were injured. She declined to provide more information, citing the pending investigation.


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