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W.Va. DEP investigates explosion at drilling site

Updated: Wednesday, January 8 2014, 12:49 PM EST

By: The Associated Press
MIDDLEBOURNE, W.Va. --

State regulators are investigating a tank explosion at a drilling site in Tyler County that injured a worker.
 
Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise told media outlets that investigators suspect vapors inside the tank ignited somehow, according to a report published by The Associated Press.
 
The explosion occurred last week at Jay-Bee Oil & Gas' Lisby well, about six miles southeast of Middlebourne.
 
Aluise said the explosion injured one Baker Hughes employee who was on-site during hydraulic fracturing operations.
 
He said Jay-Bee suspended the operations last Friday. A cleanup of soil contaminated by the explosion is continuing.

W.Va. DEP investigates explosion at drilling site


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