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Friday, August 20, 2010

Potter County DES To Offer Gas Well Incident Training

County, Fire Academy Team For Gas Well Emergency Training

clearfieldblowoutPotter County Department of Emergency Services is getting in on the ground floor of a state-sponsored training program to prepare first responders and community leaders for emergency and public safety incidents at natural gas wells. Details of the training will be announced soon. Potter County is working with the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy to bring the program to the area.

The natural gas industry is supporting the initiative, which features new components targeted specifically at public safety issues associated with shale gas production. It will cover a host of topics, from what to expect upon arriving at a well site, to how to coordinate with on-site industry personnel, giving first-responders the tools needed to effectively respond to the broad range of scenarios.

Meanwhile, Congress is considering a bill designed to improve emergency response at oil and gas wells. The measure would require operators to:

  • Have an employee knowledgeable in responding to emergency situations present at the well at all times during the exploration or drilling phase;
  • Make available a certified response team, within one hour of ground travel time.
  • Contact local first responders within 15 minutes of an emergency; and contact OSHA and the National Response Center within one hour;
  • Provide communication technology at the site (e.g., mobile communication or satellite phone);
  • Provide annual training to local first responders.

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

Seems to me that the gas companies should be funding this, not the tax payers. And this should be in addition to a severence tax.

Anonymous said...

This is just one of many ways us taxpayers will end up paying for the marcellus invasion.

Anonymous said...

I think the gas industry is supporting this so maybe it is not coming out of tax dollars or volunteer fire department dollars.

Anonymous said...

I don't get it.
When the taxpayer funded agency that does things like "beer making" and "basket weaving" looked like it might lose it's funding,there was a huge uproar.
Now funding may or may not be used to help protect local citizens and our workforce,and you people throw a fit.
You "ANTI'S" really need to get a grip!Your constant ravings are starting to make your cause look bad.

Anonymous said...

Shut them down like they did in New York State, run them out of PA