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Ruptured Tank Triggers Brazos Valley’s Latest Chesapeake Energy Explosion


Less than two weeks after a deadly well blowout left three dead in Burleson County, Texas, another explosion involving Chesapeake Energy rocked the Brazos Valley early Saturday morning.

Chesapeake Energy Tank Explosion Heard and Felt for Miles

The February 8th explosion erupted around 1:00 a.m. on a wellsite located along the 9700 block of Sandy Point Road in Brazos County near Bryan-College Station. People living as far away as Burleson County were able to hear and feel the blast, with some even reporting that the explosion had damaged their homes.

“I just heard this boom and the whole house shook,” one nearby resident told KBTX. “I ran to the backyard because I thought maybe something bad had happened on the highway behind us.”

Chesapeake Energy later confirmed that a ruptured tank was to blame.

“Earlier this morning, a tank ruptured on a Chesapeake wellsite in Brazos County, Texas,” said Gordon Pennoyer of Chesapeake Energy. “No fire occurred and no injuries have been reported. The cause of the incident is under investigation.”

Natural Gas Surge Caused Earlier Chesapeake Energy Explosion

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the deadly blowout that rocked another Chesapeake Energy wellsite late last month in Burleson County.

The January 29th explosion occurred as a group of contractors were working to upgrade a well just off County Road 127 and FM 60 east of Caldwell. While officials have since confirmed that an unexpected surge of natural gas into the well triggered the blowout, they have not yet identified the ignition source.

Eleven employees from Chesapeake Energy, Eagle Pressure Control. and C.C. Forbes were on site at the time, including three men who would tragically lose their lives as a result of the explosion.

Zehl & Associates Recovers the #1 Largest Oilfield Accident Settlement in US History on Behalf of Contractor Catastrophically Burned in Chesapeake Blowout

A 58-year old contractor with Eagle Pressure Control tragically died at the scene. The Undefeated Oilfield Accident Lawyers at Zehl & Associates are now representing his family and have filed a temporary restraining order and injunction in Burleson County District Court, requiring Chesapeake Energy to preserve all evidence related to the fatal blowout.

Three of his co-workers were severely burned in the explosion and airlifted to hospitals in Houston and Austin. Sadly, two of those men would later die of their injuries.

A third worker, who was also a contractor with Eagle Pressure Control, survived the explosion with catastrophic burns over 60 percent of his body.  Our Oilfield Explosion Lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of the worker, his wife, and their four young children several days after the explosion.

Less than 12 months after filing suit on behalf of the surviving contractor, our Oilfield Explosion Lawyers were able to reach the #1 Largest Oilfield Accident Settlement in US History on the family’s behalf.

Several state and federal agencies are investigating the Chesapeake Energy well blowout in Burleson County, including the  U.S. Chemical Safety Board and the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

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