Gas well catches fire in Oklahoma

Frederick Owens
Января 23, 2018

Five workers were missing Monday after an oil well exploded and caught fire in Oklahoma, sending out a smoke plume that could be seen for miles.

Morris said counseling is being offered to the employees on site at the time after the tragic events. "I pray there's not, but we just don't know yet", she said.

"It's a pretty dramatic deal to go through", he said.

Enloe said Houston-based Patterson Drilling, which is operating the well, is contacting the families of those employees who are missing, and emergency responders are at the site "doing their best to locate" the unaccounted for workers.

Confirmation of any fatalities won't be possible until the fire is extinguished and investigators can get to the scene of the explosion, said Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma medical examiner's office. The explosion happened in a wooded area.

"There's been several explosions since the guys have been on the scene fighting the fire", Enloe said.

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Officials said the fire is containing itself, and firefighters are working around the perimeter to fight those fire. Crews accounted for 17 of them, with five still missing.

The incident occurred about three miles from another explosion that happened past year on a site owned by Trinity Operating LLC, located just west of Quinton. The company said it was responding to the incident. "The other one was production well where they were doing some work on a well and it caught on fire".

The rig is owned by oil drilling company Patterson-UTI Energy Inc., employees confirmed. He says the cause of the fire is under investigation.

"We are not trying to spread water on it, and spread hazmat, because there are going to be contaminants on location", said Enloe.

Boots & Coots, Halliburton's well control and prevention service, had been called in to control and fire and well, and two people from the state's energy regulator Oklahoma Corporation Commission were also on the scene.

He added that residents don't need to worry about additional fires because they are contained, but crews will continue working to restore safety.

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