Two killed, nine injured in Texas frack pad explosion
01 May 2014
Officials in Loving County, Texas, confirmed that an oil production facility explosion on April 30 killed two workers and injured nine others, according to the Odessa American. The explosion took place near Orla, Loving County Sheriff Deputy Chris Busse said, adding that the injured suffered cuts, lacerations, problems with hearing and bruising.
The area in which the explosion took place is owned by RKI Exploration & Production, Busse said, which has offices in Carlsbad and is headquartered in Oklahoma City.
Loving County Sheriff Billy B. Hopper said the explosion took place when pressure built up as workers were changing a wellhead at the production facility. “The first indication we got (is) that it was a trigger explosion,” Hopper said.
Loving County is the most sparsely populated county in the United States, he said, and many of its oil fields are in far-flung locations that can be difficult to reach.
"This is the first accident we've had like this in about a year," Hopper said.
An investigation is ongoing, the Odessa American reported.