The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 11, 2010

Moundsville gas well fire is out

Staff Writer
The Associated Press

Moundsville — The fire that has burned for days from a gas drilling explosion that injured seven workers in West Virginia is finally out.

Chief Oil & Gas spokeswoman Kristi Gittins said Friday the fire that has been burning since Monday has ended, but she had few other details.

Gittins has previously said that Wild Well Control would eventually cap the hole.

Texas-based Union Drilling Inc. was sinking a natural gas well through an abandoned coal mine near Moundsville this week when it hit a methane gas pocket.

What caused that methane to ignite is still under investigation.

Meantime, the state Department of Environmental Protection has halted all West Virginia operations by the well’s permit holder, AB Resources of Ohio.

The DEP is reviewing all of its operations and permits.