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Several injured in Hood County oil well explosion
HOOD COUNTY - An oil well has exploded in Hood County in the Godley/Tolar area, according to reports.
Massive flames and a huge plume of smoke can be seen in the area.
The Cleburne fire chief says six people have been injured.
"About 2:40 p.m., we heard a loud explosion, rumbling, almost like a tornado. It shook our entire house. The plume of smoke that came out or steam is heading this way, the wind is blowing it right over our house. We are trying to work out whether it is something we need to evacuate or not," said Laura Harlin in Johnson County.
Methane pocket suspected in West Virginia gas well blast that injured 7
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A crew drilling a natural gas well through an abandoned coal mine in West Virginia hit a pocket of methane gas that ignited, triggering an explosion that burned seven workers, state and company officials said Monday.
The seven workers were taken to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh and were in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. They are expected to recover.
The explosion happened about 1:30 a.m. in a rural area outside Moundsville, about 55 miles (88 kilometres) southwest of Pittsburgh. A column of fire shot at least 70 feet (21 metres) high, but the flames fell to 40 feet (12 metres) within hours. Gas continued to burn late Monday afternoon.
A team from Texas-based Wild Well Control, a company that specializes in rig fires, will decide whether to let the methane burn or try to extinguish the flames, said Kristi Gittins, spokeswoman for Dallas,Texas-based Chief Oil & Gas LLC.
The fire presents no danger to any structures or people, said Bill Hendershot, an inspector with the state Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Oil and Gas.
The operation was less than a week old: DEP records show a permit was issued June 2 to AB Resources Pennsylvania LLC of Brecksville, Ohio.
2 DIE IN SECOND PIPELINE EXPLOSION IN TEXAS
2 people die in a second gas pipeline explosion in Lubbock,Texas. According to reports the tragic accident occurred when a bulldozer struck a pipeline. This is the second deadly explosion in 2 days.According to local reports, Workers were drilling a hole for an 80- to 120-foot utility pole when the gas line was struck . This severed the pipeline and ignited a massive firy explosion which lasted for approximately two hours.