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Worker killed in Ohio natural gas well fire

An apparent explosion and fire killed a man working on pipeline pumping equipment near a natural gas well in Noble County, Ohio, officials said Thursday.

The incident happened about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday on Blue Racer Midstream equipment near a non-producing well in Marion Township owned by Cecil-based Consol Energy. The only person harmed was Norman Butler, 48, of Newport News, Va., an employee of Texas-based Buffalo Gap Instrumentation and Electric, a contractor for Dallas-based Blue Racer.

A small fire remained burning as crews attempted to remove Butler’s body from the scene, said Noble County Sheriff Stephen S. Hannum. Workers shut off Consol’s wells on the nearby pad.

Noble County, about 120 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, has become a focus of Marcellus and Utica shale drilling in Ohio.

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