Another fire and explosion at a gas site:
nvestigators from FTS International are still working to confirm what caused a fire that destroyed five tractor-trailers at a well site in Brooke County, but officials at the Franklin Community Volunteer Fire Department say it may have been caused by a broken hydraulic line.
“In our initial interview, and investigation with FTS International, we found that witnesses on the scene thought they saw a hydraulic line fracture from one of their pumps, which in return hit a hot exhaust causing sparks and the piece of equipment to combust with the hydraulic tool,” said Franklin Community Volunteer Fire Department Chief Larry Palmer.
That’s about 3-4 miles away as the crow flies. You can’t drive a half mile in any direction without running into another area of the woods that has been clearcut for either pipeline or well site access. In just a few years the gas companies have basically turned the landscape into something out of Mordor.