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CHARLESTON (AP) — State regulators say Antero Resources can resume operations at a Doddridge County gas-drilling site where a fire killed two workers and injured three others.

The Department of Environmental Protection lifted a stop-work order late Friday.

Methane in a tank holding flowback fluid exploded July 7 near New Milton.

Colorado-based Antero was ordered to explain what happened and how it would safely resume work. The DEP found the first report incomplete but says a second, slightly more detailed document submitted this week satisfies the demand.

Antero must conduct a three-tiered review of equipment layout to ensure safe distances between potential fuel and ignition sources.

It will also install cylindrical storage tanks with latched hatches to help prevent the accidental release of flammable gas and will make workers wear portable gas monitors.

 

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