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Charred Crane from Greene County Oil Well Fire
Flaming well aerial

Origin

Greene County Well Explosion

Type

Mechanical Crane

Effects

Lengthens explosions

Downsides

Damages safety equipment

Activation

Proximity to an active worksite

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

D1545-T3R

Date of Collection

September 12, 2015

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OriginEdit

Pennsylvania has a long-held reputation as a prime shale oil hotspot. Unfortunately, a gas leak and resulting fire in 2014 detonated an entire worksite. Investigations found faulty wellhead equipment to be the cause of the explosion, which jumped the boundaries and ignited another well. For five days.

In the ensuing chaos, several workers were injured and a contractor was killed in the blast. Methane gas poured freely for days from the surface. Capping equipment was present, but they lacked trained operators to use them. And the Department of Environmental Protection was blocked by corporate from approaching the burning site. Chevron was fined for nearly a million dollars, sued for five and found to be in violation of nine different safety standards.

EffectsEdit

Lengthens the duration of any explosive blast, creating a sustained fireball in most cases. The bubble expands to its maximum size and just radiates pure heat and light akin to a second sun. Even makes firearms keep heating up after the gunpowder sparks, and cause car engines to operate endlessly on a few drops of gasoline. Often causes faults to suddenly appear in safety equipment, causing them to fail during moderate usage.

StorageEdit

Disassembled into burned metal pieces after the investigation concluded. Currently housed in a storage container to keep any accidental activation contained in one area.

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