The Elmira Star Gazette is reporting a breaking news story regarding a death on a natural gas site. Reports say Greg Allen Henry, a 31-year-old worker, died on March 11, 2010 after falling 20 feet off a natural gas rig in Towanda Township, Pennsylvania. The man was working on a Nomac Drilling site located just off Plank Road.
This accident highlights concerns regarding safety on natural gas rigs shared by many people throughout New York’s Southern Tier and Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier. As exploration of the Marcellus Shale continues to increase, many rural areas are experiencing (or hope to soon experience) strong economic growth. However, this growth may come at a steep price, as the family of Mr. Henry is no doubt realizing today. Natural gas drilling is risky business, and the desire to work quickly in order to maximize profits may lead to unnecessary injuries — and even death.
I will follow-up on this post as more details become available.
Christina Bruner Sonsire, Esq.
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, New York 14902-1338
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