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Contractor Hurt When Oil Storage Tank Explodes Near Monroe, Louisiana


A contractor was injured yesterday morning when an oil storage tank blew up just south of Monroe, Louisiana.

Vapors Entered Oil Tank, Setting Off Explosion

The June 4th explosion erupted shortly before 10:30 a.m. at a storage facility located near Jackson Street and down the road from Ochsner LSU hospital.

According to the Ouachita Parish Fire Department, the contractor was one of three working to reinforce concrete at the bottom of several tanks owned by Environmental Oil Recovery, Inc.  The crew was in the process of removing part of a vapor line when vapors apparently entered one of the tanks and came into contact with sparks, triggering the blast.

The injured worker was rushed to the hospital. So far, however, authorities have not released his name, identified his employer or commented on his current condition.

About Environmental Oil Recovery

Crews from the Ouachita Parish Fire Department and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality worked through the afternoon to clean up the resulting oil spill. The adjacent roadway remained closed for about 12 hours to facilitate their efforts.

Environmental Oil Recovery, Inc. retrieves used oil, dirty oil filters and antifreeze for recycling from a range of industries, including transportation and construction, private and public utilities, and oil retailers, wholesalers and factories. Founded in 2005, the Longview, Texas-based company also offers pit clean-out services, disposal of non-hazardous water/oil mixtures, parts washer services, and sludge disposal.

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