Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Gas well catches fire in Oklahoma

Gas well catches fire in Oklahoma

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One person was treated on site for burns, but no one was taken to the hospital, said Pittsburg County Emergency Management Director Kevin Enloe.

"Most everybody was taken off the site and taken to a secure site here in Quinton", said Morris, the sheriff.

Five people are unaccounted for after an explosion Monday morning at a drilling rig just west of the small town of Quinton in Pittsburg County.

"Everything that is on location is on fire", said Enloe.

About 22 people were working on the rig when the explosion occurred, officials told KJRH. Enloe said firefighters were letting the blaze burn and weren't putting water on it to keep from spreading possible hazardous materials at the site.

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Enloe also says fire crews set up around the area near the rig, as the flames spread.

"They're all pretty shook up from what I've seen, which is expected it's a pretty traumatic deal to go through", Morris said.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission confirmed to KJRH that "Red Mountain Energy LLC" out of OKC is the operator at this site. Workers were drilling a new gas well when it exploded. "We will provide more details as they are known".

The rig was owned by Patterson-UTI, a provider of drilling services to North American oil and gas companies.

State environmental and regulatory officials have been notified and were heading to the scene, according to Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain.

A primary explosion on one well head led to fires on three wells in last year's well incident, but Enloe said the two events had different circumstances.

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