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Two injured in oil tank explosion near Dilley, Texas
DILLEY, TEXAS – Two oilfield workers were injured after an oil storage tank exploded at an oilfield near Dilley, Texas, according to La Salle County Sheriff’s Office.
Emergency responders were sent to Ledwig Ranch between Dilley and Millet in La Salle County around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday where LSCO said the site is operated by Carrizo Oil and Gas.
When emergency crews arrived they found a number of upright oil storage tanks fully engulfed in flames. LSCSO said an oil tank battery had ignited and the cause unknown at the moment.
Plumes of smoke could be seen in the sky all the way from Cotulla, according to reports.
Firefighter surrounded the scene and remained on site to help extinguish the remaining fires and prevent the possible spread to the surrounding open areas.
Two oilfield workers were airlifted from the scene to San Antonio for treatment to injuries sustained. There was no word on the severity of their injuries. LSCO said that oilfield workers are often airlifted for treatment when injuries are minor as it is the fastest mode of transportation.
Two airlifted after explosion, fire at oil storage facility in La Salle County
by SBG San Antonio Tuesday, October 17th 2017
COTULLA, Texas — At least two people were injured in an explosion and fire at an oil storage facility in La Salle County Tuesday.
Officials say emergency crews were called to the Ledwig Ranch around 10: 48 a.m. Tuesday, where an company called Carrizo Oil and Gas is operating a facility. A spokesperson for La Salle County confirmed the fire was at a oil tank battery, a term used to describe a row of upright storage tanks.
“We don’t have word on the cause of ignition yet,” the spokesperson told us.
“The exclusion zone is presently 1/4 of a mile”, he told us of the perimeter that has been set by first responders. “It’s fairly standard procedure,” he said, adding this is just to keep people from wandering on to the site.
Firefighters from La Salle county were standing by, waiting for the fire to die down and preventing the flames from spreading.
Oil Rig Explosion In Louisiana Leaves 7 Injured, 1 Still Missing
An oil rig exploded on Sunday evening in Lake Pontchartrain just north of New Orleans, leaving 7 people injured, one missing, and crude oil possibly leaking into the lake, authorities say.
The Coast Guard said Sunday evening that it was coordinating search efforts for a missing man after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain. One of the platform workers has said that eight people were aboard at the time of the explosion, and one person did not make it to shore. Of the seven people who made it to shore, six were taken to the hospital, the Coast Guard said, adding that the cause of the incident is yet unknown.
Louisiana authorities said that seven people were injured, five of them critically.
According to Michael Guillot, director of East Jefferson Emergency Medical Services, five people were initially taken to a trauma center and were listed in critical condition with “blast type injuries and burns.”
“We have an oilfield platform that is currently burning, it’s a platform that’s used for the transfer of oil, there’s a number of wells in that location and the oil is transferred at that point. So our first objective from the firefighting standpoint is we’re trying to stop the oil flow if there’s any and at that point we have to cool it and let it burn off,” Fire Chief David Tibbets of the East Bank Consolidated Fire Department said.
Clovelly Oil Co owns the platform that is in production, Taylor Darden, a lawyer for the company told the AP.
In an update on the rig explosion, the City of Kenner Government posted on its Facebook page that “Authorities on the scene report that cleaning chemicals ignited on the surface of the oil rig platform. Seven crew members were rescued and are being treated at local hospitals.”
By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com