|8/29/2013 10:09:00 AM|
Oil Rig Explodes Near Yoakum
Story courtesy of CrossroadsToday.com
|A oil rig exploded on County Road 338 near Midway, between Yoakum and Shiner around 7 p.m. Wednesday.|
The operator of the well is Houston-based EOG Resources, Inc.
Authorities said workers were drilling horizontally into the Eagle Ford when something went wrong. EOG officials stated that all rig personal have been safely evacuated and are accounted for.
"EOG's first priority in responding to this incident is the safety of personnel working on site, the responders who are providing assistance and neighbors in the immediate area", said spokeswoman K Leonard. "EOG has also notified appropriate regulatory agencies."
Local fire crews didn't have the resources to battle this type of blaze, so a fire suppression crew out of Houston, Wild Well Control, was called to the site to assist in putting out the fire which officials said could take days. Officials with Shiner Volunteer Fire Dept. said the employees will start efforts first thing Thursday morning.
Witnesses who live near the rig said they saw men running from the plant, and the explosion followed soon after. Many said they were concerned as they still had animals in the area. Those who live near the rig site were put up in hotel rooms for the night.
Lavaca County Officials are also asking people to stay away from the area.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
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