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DEP issues violations for Chevron well fire, says company initially improperly limited access

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DILLINER, Pennsylvania — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has cited Chevron Inc. for nine violations at a natural gas well that exploded in February, killing one worker.

DEP spokesman John Poister says Thursday that Chevron improperly restricted state access to the well site for the first two days. Poister says the situation later improved but that Chevron's initial stance was in violation of oil and gas rules that say regulators should have free and unrestricted access.

A Chevron spokesman says in an email that the company's first priority was to prevent additional injuries, and they're evaluating DEP's allegations of violations.

The explosion killed a 27-year-old worker for Houston-based Cameron International, and the cause has yet to be determined. The site is about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh.

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