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Work halted at Antero blast site

WEST UNION, W.Va. — Antero Resources was ordered to halt operations at a Doddridge County drilling site after an explosion last week injured eight workers, five critically.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection on Friday issued a cease operations order to the company over activity at the Ruddy Alt well pad. An explosion and fire July 7 left five workers hospitalized with serious burns. A cause for the explosion remains under investigation.

Under the order, Antero must halt all work to develop the site. Additionally, the company must submit an incident report to the Office of Oil and Gas by the end of July demonstrations a knowledge and understanding of what caused the incident and changes that would keep it from happening again.

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