Aerial photo of the Sissonville, WV pipeline explosion of 2012 that occurred on I-77. Three homes were destroyed and several others damaged. Although this pipeline was decades old, many newer pipelines are leaking and exploding at alarming rates. Read the report below. Old pipeline infrastructure needs to be updated before we add any new infrastructure. The hazards of gas drilling are nothing to ignore. We think the costs outweigh the benefits.
Accidents, Spills, & Violations
Accidents, spills, and violations happen everyday. We don't always see them, but their effects on our water, air, and soil are often life-threatening and irreversible. Without adequate regulations and enforcement, our environment, our health, and our quality of life are at risk. Currently, in Fayette County, WV, an injection well is leaking endocrine disrupting chemicals into the local water supply.
WV DEP: Testing Shows 3 Water Wells Potentially Impacted By Antero Drilling in Doddridge County
Updated: WBOY News 12, Clarksburg, October 27, 2014
A cease and desist order remains in effect at an Antero well pad in Doddridge County after an incident that released methane gas into the ground in September 2014, potentially negatively impacting three residential water wells.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection was initially contacted by Antero Resources at approximately 9:23 p.m. Sept. 24, 2014 after Antero drilled a well and came in contact with an adjacent well on Antero’s Primm Pad. The well and pad are located on Oxford Road, in the West Union area of Doddridge County.
"The above picture is of a Hawg Hauler tanker truck dumping waste water on Blake Ridge. The license number of the truck is AF65647 and the truck number is 125. We have seen many incidents of this type in the past, but this is the first time we were able to get a picture. You can see dark stains on the road and in the ditch from this type of activity."
This picture was taken on September 27, 2010 in Wetzel County, West Virginia.
While drilling the “Stella 1h” well, which was approved for drilling Sept. 1, 2014 came in contact with the “Callie 2h” well at about 621 feet in depth, according to information from the DEP. While the extent of damage is currently unknown, methane gas was released from the Callie 2h well.
Preliminary water test results indicated that up to 16 water wells may have been impacted, although recent test results show that only three wells could potentially be impacted, DEP Spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater said Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.
The homeowners where the three wells are located continue to receive water supplied by Antero, along with three others nearby who have requested the water as a precaution, pending further test results.
Antero is required to respond to a notice of violation by Nov. 15, 2014 which requires the company to show it has gained control of the well, to demonstrate it has the ability to safely resume operations and to prove it has contained any methane at the site.
Explosion and Fire at McDowell B Well Site on Sunday, September19, 2010
Fracking fires are not uncommon and can be very lethal. This fire left seven people injured, four of which had life-threatening burns.
“It burned for something like nine days,” Ed Wade of Wetzel County Action Group told AlterNet.