No one was hurt at a late night gas fire at a Chief Oil & Gas well. Chief, however, has had multiple violations that are cause for concern.
Gas drilling has experienced a tremendous surge in recent years. It has generated thousands of new jobs in an economy where unemployment is rampant. But is it safe? Many argue that it is, while others contend it is harmful to the public, particularly those living close to the drilling areas.
A natural gas explosion in Pennsylvania has led to a wrongful death suit due to three individuals being killed in the crash. A corporation is claimed to be responsible for the blast in that this company failed to abide by a directive of the National Transportation Safety Board to replace old and possibly decaying gas pipes. (The directive came about as the result of another gas explosion that occurred about 2-years ago.)
An early January gas explosion in Allentown, Pennsylvania, brings to mind last year's fatal gas explosion that leveled an entire block and killed five, including two children. It is also a reminder of a 2006 gas explosion that leveled four homes and damaged four more and a 2011 Philadelphia gas explosion that killed a worker and injured six. Inadequate training of workers was considered a contributing cause in at least two of these Pennsylvania explosions.