The New York Times has reported that local villagers of the Jiaoshizhen have been warned not to discuss a gas fire incident that claimed eight lives to outsiders.
One night on April 2013, villagers heard a loud explosion and found the source to be from a shale gas well in the area, where flames from the gas fire reached 100 meters in height. Within twenty four hours, workers working on the well pad were moved to work in another location.
Chinese Energy giant Sinopec are the first company to open a shale play within the nation of China, and have stated that a controlled explosion took place, with no loss of life.
You can read the NY Times article here.