Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Search for Body Today--Meanwhile, Some Free Pizza

Will Bunch at Philly.com and many others have posted a copy of the letter sent by the Chevron Community Outreach Team to Bobtown residents, assuring them Chevron will strive for "incident-free operations" and enclosing a certificate for free pizza and a 2-liter soda from Bobtown Pizza. Meanwhile today, well-control experts at the site will attempt to remove a charred crane near a well that burned out of control for five days last week before they begin capping two wells. And so now the search for a worker missing since the explosion can begin in earnest, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:
Removing the crane may also allow investigators a chance to get the best view yet of an area where they believe they may find the body of a contractor who was working on the well Feb. 11 when it exploded into roaring flames.

The contractor, who was reported missing immediately after the fire, was identified Tuesday by his family as Ian McKee, 27, originally of Warren. His identify was first reported by The Times Observer of Warren County after it covered a vigil family and friends organized for Mr. McKee. A friend told the paper he was most recently living in Morgantown, W.Va.

Mr. McKee and 19 co-workers -- who were preparing to put in piping to bring the well into production -- were attending a safety meeting, standing near the wells at 6:45 a.m. on Feb. 11, when something apparently went wrong with the well and it exploded. A second employee suffered minor injuries.
--Barbara Bedway

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