Lanco Well Site Explosion – Pennsylvania Fine
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) fined Chevron Appalachia approximately $940,000 for violations related to an explosion and fire at its Lanco Gas Well Site in Dunkard Township, Pennsylvania in February 2014. The explosion killed one worker and injured another; the resulting fires continued to burn for four days, during which the wells continued to emit gas and production fluids. The DEP found that Chevron did not use “efforts and endeavors effectively to prevent explosions and fires” at the site, did not construct and operate wells at the site “to ensure that well integrity was maintained and that health, safety, environment, and property were protected,” did not prevent the hazardous venting and waste of gas, and did not properly control and contain production fluids. In May 2015, it was reported that Chevron paid $5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the worker who died (see ChevronTexaco instance, “Lanco Well Site Explosion – Wrongful Death Lawsuit”).
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Lanco Well Site Explosion – Wrongful Death Lawsuit