Parents of worker killed in western Pa. fracking well blast sue owners

Thursday, July 3, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The parents of a contractor killed when a southwestern Pennsylvania natural gas well exploded in February have sued the Chevron subsidiary that owns the well.

The lawsuit filed by the parents of 27-year-old Ian Robert McKee contend Chevron Appalachia LLC was negligent but don't say how, only that the explosion "is the sort of event which normally would not occur in the absence of negligence."

The family's attorney, John Gismondi, says the lawsuit was filed so Denise and Robert McKee can demand information and answers from the company.

Chevron officials issued a statement calling McKee's death tragic and saying they're reviewing the lawsuit.

McKee was a contract technician for Cameron International, a subcontractor working at the well in Dunkard Township, Greene County. That company isn't named in the lawsuit.

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