1 Dead, Another Injured After Incident At Devon Energy Oilfield In Oklahoma
November 28, 2017
A person died and another was injured after an explosion Monday afternoon at an oil field in Blaine County.
The accident was reported around 2:50 p.m. at a Devon Energy oil field west of Watonga while a company was fracking, the Blaine County Sheriff's Office said. Crews had just started work and had reached 2,400 pounds of pressure when a fitting gave out.
A metal pipe connected with the fitting came loose and hit a person in the chest, officials said. A second person was hit by debris that flew out of the well.
The two people were taken to a hospital, where the person who was hit in the chest died. The second person is expected to be OK, officials said.
The victims' identities have not been released.
The Sheriff's Office said this was a freak accident and that there was no indication that a fitting would give out. A representative with Devon Energy told the Sheriff's Office that the oil and gas company has a good safety rating and that it is safety conscious.
"Devon is coordinating with its contractor and the appropriate government authorities in investigating the incident," said John Porretto, director of corporate communications for Devon Energy. "Devon wishes to extend its sincere condolences to the victim’s loved ones during this difficult time."