Facebook page shows pictures of the well fire:
Close neighbor to this well told me Thursday night they were fracking this well; This is Statoil, Monroe County, Ohio Township, Long Ridge.
Statement from Statoil regarding fire; it is in equipment not in actual well.
read an article today said over $60M in equipment lost.
Den, great photo but it is covering up some of your text. Could you please repost it? Thank you.
This article is from INNformerwv facebook page.
Cause Determined in Gas Well Fire
It has been confirmed late Saturday night the Eisenbarth gas well pad fire in Monroe County, Ohio, was started by equipment at the scene, according to Monroe County EMS.
The EMS official would not go into greater detail. He also confirmed there were no injuries related to the fire. He would not confirm that a professional fire fighting team specializing in industrial fires is on its way from Texas to put out the blaze.
At 11:30 p.m. Saturday the official said there are still hot spots, but under control.
The official would not comment on how many people evacuated their homes. Reports range from five people to 25.
Officials estimate more than $60 million worth of equipment was destroyed.
The fire started around 8:20 a.m. Saturday. The pad is owned by Halliburton, but operated by Statoil USA Onshore Properties, Inc., a Norwegian Recycling energy company.
The site has eight wells; one is producing, one has been drilled and the rest are either permitted or are being drilled, according to a company press release.
The wells on the site either have been, or are expected to be, hydraulically fractured, or fracked, the press release stated.
Personnel from several agencies are assisting, but no one from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency or the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was immediately available for comment. The Ohio EPA deals with potential hazards to the state’s water supply and responds in cases of spills or explosions that endanger the environment, according to its web site. The natural resources agency is responsible for oversight of the state’s oil and gas industry.
The WTRF article has been updated with some pictures. Their facebook page had a lot of pictures yesterday.
How in the world though, does a news organization confuse site and sight.
Couple of current articles on ongoing status of fire at Eisenbarth pad fire in Monroe Co. Ohio.
first link is to article regarding meeting held for those in vicinity of well pad.
second link is criticism of ODNR and their role in the emergency situation.
Front page yesterday ,The Intelligencer Wheeling WV 70,000 fish killed.An EPA report states that about 70,000 fish and other aquatic life were found dead near the Statoil Eisenblath well pad fire in Monroe co. EPA documents state test show the presence of benzene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, toluene, and pyrene all chemicals commonly used during well fracking.
I wonder if these fish were in a lake/pond or stream? Aquatic life covers a broad range of organisms.
The stream involved is Opossum Creek that flows into the Ohio River. That said since the location of the entry into the Ohio River is not far from the Hannibal Locks and Dam there is significant width and depth to this creek. Where it meets the Ohio River it is not a place where one is going to go play in the creek and turn over a few rocks.
As I remember the article it said fish, frogs, crayfish, salamanders, and other aquatic life. Think it gave species of fish but I don't remember them.
Here is the eleven page EPA report on the Eisenbarth pad fire.