Suspension ends for EOG Resources and C.C. Forbes, LLC

Harrisburg  – Following a 40-day suspension, EOG Resources Inc (EOG.N) and C.C. Forbes LLC will resume drilling activities in the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said.

Both companies were suspended due to a June 3 natural gas well blowout in Clearfield County.

In a statement, the DEP said an independent investigation showed “untrained personnel and the failure to use proper well control procedures were the principal causes” of the June blowout.

DEP Secretary John Hanger said the blowout, which allowed natural gas and wastewater to escape from the well uncontrollably for 16 hours, was the result of failures by EOG Resources, the well’s operator.

The company and its contractor, C.C. Forbes LLC, lost control of the well while performing post-fracturing well cleanout activities. “The blowout in Clearfield County was caused by EOG Resources and its failure to have proper barriers in place. This incident was preventable and should never have occurred,” said Hanger.

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