Five injured in Encana explosion


PINEDALE -- Five contractors were injured in a fire and tank explosion at an Encana facility in the Jonah Field on Friday.

A press release said the explosion occurred around at 10:18 a.m. at the Antelope 91-29H Facility located off Luman Road approximately 35 miles south of Pinedale.

One person in critical condition was flown from the scene. Three others were transported to the Pinedale clinic by ambulance and one individual was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs. The names and conditions of these individuals were not released.

Encana said some welding work was being conducted on the condensate tanks on location. However, the exact reason for the explosion is not known at this time. Encana said it will work with the appropriate agencies to determine the exact cause.

Big Piney and Boulder fire departments responded to the incident. They contained the fire and allowed it to burn out. The fire was fully out by 1 p.m. The facility has been contained according to our emergency response procedures.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified and is responding to the incident. Encana and the contracting company involved is with them. No environmental impact as a result of the incident has been determined at this time, Encana said.

A drilling rig is operating near the facility where the incident occurred, and the rig was not impacted.

"This has been a difficult and sad day, and our friends and co-workers that were hurt are in our thoughts and prayers," the release said.



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