Statoil reports blaze at Ohio shale well

No injuries reported in equipment fire at Ohio well.
By Daniel J. Graeber   |   June 30, 2014 at 9:07 AM   |   Comments

STAVANGER, Norway, June 30 (UPI) --No injuries were reported when above-ground equipment at a shale reserve area caught fire in Monroe County, Ohio, Norwegian energy company Statoil said.

Statoil provided updates Sunday about the fire at the Eisnebarth well in Monroe County in southeastern Ohio. The blaze was limited to surface equipment and did not spread below ground to the well itself.

All personnel working at the site were evacuated safely. Some nearby residents were moved to another location as a security precaution, the company said.

"There have been no reports of serious injuries to date associated with this incident," Statoil said in a statement. "Statoil continues to work closely with local, state and federal authorities to manage this incident."

The company said the fire was extinguished. A Statoil well inspection team was on site to examine the cause of the blaze.

All wells are secured.

There was no public comment from county or state officials on the incident.

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