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Texas oilfield site blast leaves one person critically injured

22 November 2019

An explosion and fire on November 20 at a site owned by Oasis Transportation and Marketing Corp. in Midland, Texas, saw one patient in a critical condition sent urgently to a local hospital.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

A hot oiler truck, which is used to remove wax deposits from oil wells, caught fire at the Oasis facility and up to five frac tanks that typically hold water or proppant were also engulfed in the flames. Businesses and homes within about a half-mile of the fire were evacuated, according to local officials.

A spokesman said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is monitoring air quality in the area to detect potentially hazardous chemicals and would coordinate any cleanup needed after the fire is out. It will also investigate whether there were any regulatory violations in connection with the blaze.

An inspector with the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oil and gas regulator, is also at the site.

Midland, Texas, is one of the most active oil-producing areas in the United States. It includes part of the Permian basin, the largest US shale basin.

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