Bryan, Texas, February 8, 2020: A second explosion happened at one of Chesapeake Energy’s oil wells in the Eagle Ford Shale just two weeks after a Jan. 29 deadly explosion at a Chesapeake Energy oil well site in nearby Burleson County. Three men were killed and one man was left hospitalized in the Burleson incident. Bryan Maldonado, 25, and Windell Beddingfield died in what is the deadliest oilfield accident since January 2018.
Authorities are investigating the accident which occurred about 1 a.m. Saturday at a storage tank on the company’s Luther lease off Sandy Point and Old San Antonio Roads in a rural area of Brazos County about eight miles northwest of Bryan.
No injuries were reported, but an incident report from the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state agency that regulates the oil and natural gas industry, shows that the force of the blast broke some windows on a nearby home. Although the tank was not in service, investigators reported that it became over-pressurized and ruptured. No flames were reported and no fluids were released in the accident.
Ranked as one of the top 10 drillers in Texas, Chesapeake Energy filed for 216 drilling permits in 2019. The company obtained two drilling permits in August for a pair of new horizontal wells targeting the oil and natural gas-rich Giddings field of the Eagle Ford geological layer.
If you, a family member or loved one has been injured or has suffered a wrongful death due to an accident, negligence, oilfield, or oil and gas industry accident, or personal injury, contact an attorney who specializes in these cases to review your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for damages, medical treatments, and lost wages due to the incident.
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