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.
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.