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According toDEP the crew failed to set casing - the steel pipe that seals off water and gas - at the required depth. AB Resources also inaccurately reported the depth of the coal seam underneath its operation, the agency said.
None of the companies involved in the Moundsville explosion had been charged with safety violations in
West Virginia, but federal records show that Union Drilling has paid $226,000 in fines for safety violations over the past five years. According to the AP report, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted 20 inspections of Union Drilling operations around the country since February 2006, and 13 of those resulted in violations. Read more here.