North Dakota Oilfield Explosion Severly Burns 3 Workers at Chord Energy Well Site, Tragically Killing 1
Three oilfield workers suffered severe burns last month when an explosion erupted on a Chord Energy well site in northwest North Dakota.
Sadly, one of those men passed away from his injuries.
Burned Contractors Employed by Blackhawk Energy Services
The September 2nd blast erupted around 8:30 p.m. at the Cvancara 11-14H site near Stanley in Mountrail County, North Dakota. The resulting fire would continue to burn until midnight.
Three men – all contractors with Blackhawk Energy Services – were taken to a burn unit in St. Paul, Minnesota. One of the men succumbed to his injuries on September 15th. The deceased has been identified as a 37-year-old resident of Kansas. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Another worker suffered burns to 80% of his body and was still in critical condition as of September 28th. The third severely burned worker was listed as fair.
“Lack of All Safety Procedures” Reported at Well Site
It’s still not clear what caused the fatal explosion.
According to a sheriff deputy’s report obtained by The Forum, the blast apparently erupted as one crew was walking away from the well and another was arriving.
A surviving worker later blamed “a lack of all safety procedures” for the explosion, claiming that crews were uncomfortable working there due to ” visible fumes all over the site.” The report also noted that the deputy did not observe workers “wearing a visible H2S monitor anywhere on their person.”
The family of one worker also told KFGO News that crews alerted a supervisor of a leak twice before the explosion. However, the supervisor refused to follow proper protocol to address the leak in both instances.
OSHA Investigating Chord Energy Explosion
In addition to conducting its own investigation, Houston, Texas-based Chord Energy said it was cooperating with Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials deployed to the well site.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the impacted Black Hawk (Energy Services) employees and their families,” Chord Energy said in its statement. “Inquiries about the status of the employees should be directed to Black Hawk.”
When asked about the alleged lack of safety procedures, the company responded, “an incident of this nature takes time to investigate to understand what happened.”
A subsidiary of Colorado-Based Steel Energy, Black Hawk Energy Services operates work over and completion rigs, reverse units, and air/foam packages in the Permian Basin, New Mexico, and the Williston Basin of North Dakota.
So far, it does not appear that Black Hawk Energy has made any public comment regarding the fatal explosion or ongoing investigation.
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