One Man Injured at Lisby Well Pad on Big Run Road
By Duane Nichols from Internet Reports and Pictures, January 4, 2014
According to information from Indian Creek and Big Run in Tyler County, on January 2nd there was a late night explosion at the Lisby well pad of Jay-Bee Oil & Gas. Apparently one employee on site was injured and taken for treatment, perhaps by helicopter.The Lisby well pad, about a mile up Big Run and three miles from WV Route 18, is partly located on property owned by Terry and Theresa Jackson and partly owned by Donald Lisby. Both live on Big Run Road.
Drilling was completed on this pad a few months ago; and, fracking was begun in December. There did not seem to be any fire associated with the explosion. However the force of the explosion blew the bottom off of a large storage tank, and then blew the tank more than 100 feet over top of some large frack trucks and into the hillside next to the road. (It is surprising that the WV-DEP would approve a well pad directly along side of a public road, with no set back distance what so ever!)
The contents of the tanks, apparently fracking fluids, were dispersed over the well pad and the adjoining creek bottom. Clean up of the contaminated soil in the hay field has not been done. Partial containment appears to have been attempted to try to keep run off from getting into the Big Run creek.
The picture above shows the five remaining storage tanks as well as some of the pieces from the one that exploded. Additional pictures can be seen on Facebook, as posted by Occupy the Hollers.