A young man was killed in an oil explosion at a Chevron well pad 70 miles outside of Pittsburgh in what officials and state and regulators called one of the worst gas and oil disasters in recent Pennsylvania history.

The resulting fire from the explosion burned for several days, prompting emergency responders and well control specialists to set up a command center at the site. After the fire was extinguished, the remains of Ian McKee were found at the base of the well pad. Officials were investigating the cause of the explosion that left McKee dead and another worker hospitalized.

McKee’s parents filed a lawsuit against Chevron in Allegheny County Court. According to the Shale Daily, lawyers for the family stated: “We filed the claim because it enables us a legal right to demand information from Chevron. They have all this information and they don’t have to release it. This is the only real way we can issue subpoenas; compel a judge or … Chevron to produce information.”

The McKee’s were not the only ones searching for answers to how the deadly blast occurred. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection was conducting ongoing investigations and cited Chevron with nine pending violations resulting from the incident.


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