FIVE RIG WORKERS MISSING IN OKLAHOMA GAS BLAST

January 24, 2018

The Pittsburg County Emergency Management Department reported that five workers remained missing after a gas explosion occurred on Monday 22, at a drilling site in eastern Oklahoma. The blast occurred at around 9 a.m. (10 a.m. Eastern) near Quinton, Oklahoma, about 146 miles from Oklahoma City, during oil and gas drilling using a rig provided by Patterson-UTI Energy. From the twenty-two employees working at the rig site, seventeen were able to get out safely. One person was flown to a hospital, while others had minor or no injuries, officials said.
This is the second fire at an Oklahoma oil and gas well site in less than a year. A gas explosion occurred at a Trinity Resources well in the same area in February 2017, injuring a worker.
Boots & Coots, Halliburton’s well control and prevention service, had been called in to control and fire and well. (Source: Washington Post, AOL)