Chevron Says One Missing After Well Fire in Pennsylvania

Chevron Corp. (CVX) said one person was hospitalized and another is missing after a fire at a well in Greene County, Pennsylvania.

The fire was reported at about 6:45 a.m. local time at the Lanco Unit 7H well, the Houston-based company said in a statement on its website today. Emergency personnel responded and are containing the fire, the company said.

Drilling began on the horizontal well south of Pittsburgh on March 15, 2012, according to state data records.

Chevron owned the third-largest acreage in the Marcellus shale as of the third quarter, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Production of natural gas from the Marcellus, helped by hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, was expected to exceed 13 billion cubic feet a day in December, up from less than 2 billion cubic feet in 2010, the Energy Information Administration said.

Five horizontal rigs targeting gas were in Greene County as of Feb. 7, data compiled by oil-field services company Baker Hughes Inc. show. All them drill development wells 5,000 feet to 10,000 feet deep, the company’s website shows.

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