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Residents & Antero Representatives React to Gas Well Explosion
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on July 09, 2013 @ 2:01PM
Created on July 08, 2013 @ 6:34PM

There has been some confusion with how many people were hurt in a gas well explosion Sunday morning in Doddridge County. 5 News was originally told 8 people were transported to different hospitals. Antero Resources said 5 people were injured, but their injuries are unknown.

A round 4 Sunday morning, 2 gas tanks exploded. This happened while they were in the last step of the process before it's ready for sale. Officials aren't sure what caused it, but OSHA and the D.E.P are investigating and Antero hired 2 independent  fire safety consultants to get to the bottom of this. Since people live close to where this happened 5 News went out there to see how neighbors are reacting  and here's what they had to say.

"I hate to hear about this accident here on this well site, but hopefully they're okay," said Drexel Wallace, Doddridge County Resident.

All residents were concerned about the people hurt, but they were also scared that this could happen to them.

"What somebody does on their own property for their own use and enjoyment should not in anyway harm another person and their own use and enjoyment on their property," said a concerned citizen.

"Anytime you have an explosion there is a risk that something that they're going to loose containment and obviously an explosion itself is showing that they lost containment in some way that theres been a mishap," said a concerned citizen.

And it's not just thoughts about fires or explosions.

"That also causes concerns to what will that do to our drinking water if their are mishaps or spills. We know that these spills happen because its well documented. There are emissions that come from these well site. As example when these incident happen," said a concerned citizen.

Many folks live in this area to get away, but they say this industry is changing that.

"You can ask anyone who lives near or has a well pad on their property that this is a change of their rural life. The quality of life isn't going to be the same you don't have the peace and quite you used to have," said a concerned citizen.

But there are other residents who think everything is going well.

"It's good for the counties. It's good for the state. It's good for everybody. They're definitely doing it right but sometimes accidents happen and you really hate to hear about it," said Wallace.

Stay with 5 News for the latest updates.


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