Pa. fines gas driller for losing control of well

    State environmental regulators have fined a gas drilling company for allowing natural gas to escape a well in northeastern Pennsylvania.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday it fined Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. more than $76,000 for losing control of a well at its Huston pad in Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County.

    Regulators say the well released natural gas for about 27 hours before it was brought under control on Jan. 6.

    A Cabot subcontractor who was replacing equipment at the wellhead didn’t follow procedures for working on equipment in cold weather, the DEP said, leading to a damaged valve that released the gas.

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    The gas dissipated and there was no significant environmental impact, according to the DEP.

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