Burleson County Oil Well Explosion Kills 3, Investigation UnderwayFebruary 4, 2020
A blast at a Chesapeake well site in Burleson County, TX killed three workers, raising serious questions about how the explosion occurred and how it could have been prevented.
The deadly oil well explosion occurred south of Deanville, along County Road 127, on Wednesday, January 29th, at around 3:30 p.m.
According to authorities, 11 employees of Chesapeake contractors C.C. Forbes and Eagle Pressure Control were conducting well maintenance operations when natural gas unexpectedly entered the well and ignited. That triggered a massive explosion and fire.
First responders were dispatched via helicopter as soon as they received reports of the oil well explosion. They worked through the night and into Thursday to extinguish the fire and secure the well.
While the fiery blowout immediately killed a 38-year-old contract worker, two others sustained life-threatening injuries. They were transported to nearby hospitals in Houston and Austin for critical care. Tragically, neither of these workers survived the oil well blast.
It’s unclear whether the other eight contractors who were on site at the time suffered any injuries.
What Caused the Fatal Oil Well Explosion in Burleson County, TX?
This is the question that authorities and investigators are now trying to answer. As the investigation continues, many hope answers will soon come on whether:
- This explosion and the resulting deaths could have been prevented.
- The Chesapeake Energy Corporation and/or other third parties involved may be to blame for this fatal blast.
Tragically, oil well explosions like this one occur far too often—and, in many cases, some type of preventable negligence is involved. When it is, it commonly involves factors like (but not limited to):
- Defective or malfunctioning equipment
- Failure to maintain oil well equipment
- Failure to establish or follow safety protocols
- Failure to properly train oil well maintenance workers
- Ineffective safety measures
As authorities try to figure out whether these or other forms of negligence may have caused the Burleson County oil well explosion, they’ll likely look at evidence, such as (but not limited to):
- Damage and debris at the site
- Results from chemical testing done at the site
- Oil well maintenance records
- Safety protocols and procedures
- Employee and contractor training records
If the investigation finds that this oil well explosion was preventable, victims’ families may have options for justice and financial recovery.
If You or a Loved One Has Been Harmed in an Oil Well Explosion,
Contact the Amaro Law Firm for Answers to Protect Your Legal Rights and Options
Over the last fifteen years, the Amaro Law Firm has helped families after similar incidents such as the 2005 Texas City refinery explosion and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Our experienced oil well explosion lawyers regularly handle these types of cases across Texas.
If you have any information that may be helpful to authorities or investigators, please contact us to confidentially share the information so that the families will get the justice they deserve.