Officials looking into drilling site fire

WEST UNION – State regulators are investigating a flash fire that injured two workers at an Antero Resources gas-drilling site in Doddridge County.

Media outlets report the fire occurred Sunday morning at a well pad near West Union.

Antero Resources chief administrative officer Alvyn Schopp said there was a condensate leak as the workers were installing a new separator.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise said the vapors ignited, causing the flash fire.

Both workers, whose names were unavailable, suffered burns. Schopp said one worker remains hospitalized at West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh. The other was treated at a Clarksburg hospital and released.

The DEP is investigating the incident.

In July, two workers were killed and three others were injured in a fire at another Antero drilling site near New Milton in Doddridge County.

Antero Resources is an independent exploration and production company engaged in the exploration, development, and acquisition of natural gas, NGLs and oil properties in the Appalachia Basin. The company holds more than 325,000 net acres in the southwestern core of the Marcellus Shale and more than 100,000 net acres in the core of the Utica Shale.