2011-04-14 / Local & State

Pa. Orders 3 Gas Wells Near Explosion Site Plugged

BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania environmental regulators are ordering a resident near the site of a Feb. 28 house explosion in Bradford to plug three abandoned natural gas wells.

The Department of Environmental Protection said Friday it learned of the wells while investigating the cause of the blast. The wells aren’t related to Marcellus Shale drilling.

State officials say one of the wells, about 300 feet from the destroyed home, has to be plugged first. It was drilled in 1881, while the other two date back nearly a century.

The explosion occurred about 130 miles northeast of Pittsburgh near the New York line. It resulted in $250,000 in damage.

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