2010-06-17 / Local & State

Investigator Hired By Pa. To Look At Well Blowout

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – State officials have hired a Texas-based petroleum engineer to perform an independent investigation of last week’s natural gas well blowout.

John Vittitow was to arrive at the site Thursday.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Neil Weaver says Vittitow will inspect equipment, interview rig workers and more before he provides a final report to the agency.

No one was hurt in the accident at a well on the grounds of a Clearfield County hunting club, but DEP officials say the accident was potentially a very dangerous situation.

The well owner, Houstonbased EOG Resources, is temporarily barred from wellconstruction activity while the investigation continues.

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