for Immediate Release
Corbett Issues Statement on Greene County Gas Well Fire
Corbett received an update this morning from the Department of Environmental
Protection on the status of the gas well fire in Greene County and subsequently
released the following statement:
focus right now is making sure workers and first responders are safe, and we
are concerned about the potential loss of life,” said Corbett.
"Yesterday, I directed Secretary of Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) Chris Abruzzo and other executive level DEP staff to get to
the site and assist authorities in managing this incident. State authorities
have also been in touch with the company to work together and resolve immediate
needs. I have also directed Secretary Abruzzo
to work with the appropriate state, county and local authorities and create a
multi-agency investigation after this incident concludes. We need to determine
exactly what happened and how we can learn from it.”
The governor reiterated his commitment to continuing to work with
the General Assembly on enhancing safety standards for both residents and workers.
In 2012, Governor Corbett signed Act 9, the Unconventional Well 911 Emergency
Response Act. This Act requires operators to maintain a unique GPS coordinate
address at each well site, as well as develop an emergency response plan to be
kept on file with DEP, PEMA and the county emergency management agency.
Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Shirk, DEP; 717-395-1615