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1 Person Still Missing After Pennsylvania Gas Well Explosion
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on February 13, 2014 @ 11:37AM
Created on February 12, 2014 @ 6:35PM

There was an enormous explosion at a gas well site in Dunkard Township in Green County, Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning. Community members were still in shock on Wednesday.

Carol Siverly lives about one mile away from where the explosion took place. She said, "Everybody's really sad. It's very emotional."

There were 19 people working at the time of the explosion. The well pad site is owned by the oil and gas company Chevron. Local residents claim they heard a loud roar and stepped outside to see what was going on.

Michelle Popernack lives only half a mile away from the well site. She said, "Just at that moment it was an explosion. It was the loudest boom I've heard and the fire just shot immediately straight out."

"We felt like a jar to the house," said Siverly.

One person is still missing and many residents are fearing the worst. Federal, state, and local authorities are continuing to monitor the situation. Pennsylvania State Police blocked off roadways a half mile away from the explosion to prevent people from getting close to the scene.

In a statement Chevron officials said, "Chevron would like to express our sincere regret to those who may be affected by the incident. We're working to contain the fire and ensure the safety of our employees, contractors and the surrounding community."

Local residents are saying they're shaken up and heartbroken.

"It was very, very scary. You knew somebody had to be hurt somewhere with that explosion," said Popernack.

Chevron officials are saying the well was in its final preparation stage. There was no drilling or hydraulic fracturing taking place at the time of the explosion.

The fire is still burning and an organization called Wild Well Control is on scene helping Chevron come up with a plan to address the situation safely.

There's no timeline for how long it will take to put the fire out. Crews have specialized firefighting gear and they're working on setting up a location to fight the fire from.

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