Forgot to mention that as part of the “fracking health” study. Shale Gas Frack Fires are too hot for local firefighters to do anything about it. As firefighters discovered at a recent shale gas well explosion in Pennsylvania that killed one worker and injured another while they were hooking it up to a gathering system.
The proposed setback of a well pad from a house in New York is 500 feet. Look at the photo and tell me what part of 500′ is close enough for your house. In Dallas, it’s 1,500 feet. The proposed set back of everything else – a compressor, tank battery, de-gasser or a gathering system like the one that caught fire in Pennsylvania – is zero (0) feet from a house in New York . Look at that picture again and tell me what part of zero setback is OK by you. (And that is the proposed regulation that the frackers are suing the state to put into effect) So when one of these fracking shale gas wells goes up in flames, it’s Goodnight Irene for anyone in the neighborhood. And then, of course there’s the setback for the roughnecks on the rig, which is nothing.
Check out this map from Ecowatch on what a 300′ and 500′ setback would be from this shale well explosion, the firefighters could not get within 1000 feet of the wellhead. And the NY setback is 500 feet.
Gas Well Explosion in Southwest Pa.
Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:22 AM EST Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:22 AM EST
Photo Courtesy KDKADILLINER, Pa. (AP) – Emergency dispatchers say at least three fire companies have responded to a report of a natural gas well explosion and fire in southwestern Pennsylvania, within miles of the West Virginia border.A Greene County 911 supervisor says the fire was reported shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday in Dunkard Township, near Bobtown. That’sabout 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. Crews at the scene were reporting that intense flames have kept them from getting too close to the well.
Gas Well Explosion Reported in Southwest Pa.
Posted: Feb 11, 2014 9:22 AM EST Updated: Feb 11, 2014 9:22 AM ESThttp://www.wtrf.com/story/
DILLINER, Pa. (AP) – Emergency dispatchers say at least three fire companies have responded to a report of a natural gas well explosion and fire in southwestern Pennsylvania, within miles of the West Virginia border. A Greene County 911 supervisor says the fire was reported shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday in Dunkard Township, near Bobtown. That’s about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh.The 911 supervisor says there have been no immediate reports of injuries, though an ambulance and emergency medical crews have been summoned to stand by at the scene.
Crews at the scene were reporting that intense flames have kept them from getting too close to the well.Gas Well Explosion Reported in Greene County, PAMultiple media organizations in Western Pennsylvania have confirmed a gas well explosion in Greene County.The explosion at the Chevron-owned well at 146 Water Tank Road just after 7 a.m. caused a fire that forced Pennsylvania state troopers from the Waynesburg barracks to close the road to traffic and establish a half-mile perimeter around the site, according to state police and Rep. Snyder.
Firefighters from Bobtown/Dunkard Township and Greensboro have responded to the scene, according to Dunkard Township supervisor Joe Gacek.
Local trucks are being sent with salt/ash to treat the access road, response vehicles are getting stuck on ice/snow covered access road to the well. 20 workers reported to be at the well pad, 1 is missing.