This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Explosion kills three in Texas oil rig blast

11 March 2015

A rig explosion on March 10 in Upton County, around forty miles south of Midland, Texas, killed three workers and injured another. All the dead were said to be from the same family. According to local sources, the three were working for Mason, a pulling unit company, contracted by Parsley Energy.

Stock image
Stock image

Pulling units are used to remove stuck pipes, casings, or any other obstruction in the drilling well. The equipment is designed to increase oil flow from producing wells.

"Right now everything is in the preliminary stages. We don't know exactly what happened. We don't know what caused the explosion," Dusty Kilgore, Investigator with the Upton County Sheriff's Office, said.

"Right now, the scene is unsafe for anyone to be on there besides fire department crew. As soon as some safety crews from another oilfield company get here to make sure it's safe to get on location then we'll finish the investigation," Kilgore said.

OSHA has been called to the scene and will be the lead investigators when the site is declared safe.

Print this page | E-mail this page