Friday, December 4, 2015

Workers escape serious injury after plant explosion

From:  Current Argus 

COMMENT - Another close call. 

Sarah A Matott, Carlsbad Current-Argus 

Flames and smoke rise far above the horizon following an explosion at the Ramsey Plant, a natural gas processing plant near Orla, Texas operated by Anadarko Petroleum. Around 300 people were evacuated from the site, and initial reports indicate only two people with minor injuries. Fire departments and police departments from New Mexico and Texas responded to the incident.

Only minor injuries reported, cause of explosion still unknown

REEVES COUNTY, TX – More than 250 oil workers escaped injury Thursday morning after an explosion rocked the Anadarko gas refinery near Orla and forced safety workers to evacuate people from a 10-mile radius, officials said.

Only two workers were reported to have minor injuries by late Thursday. The black plume of smoke from the refinery was visible from as far away as the Guadalupe Mountains and the explosion could be felt 25 miles away.

The fire broke out about 9 a.m. at the Ramsey Natural Gas Processing Plant near Orla, about 45 miles away from Carlsbad. MORE