Just before 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, there was a massive refinery explosion at the Ramsey natural gas processing plant located just outside of Orla, Texas.
According to news reports, the blast was felt up to 25 miles away and required evacuations of all individuals within a 10-mile radius.
Of the approximately 250 workers that were present at the refinery, owned by Western Gas Partners and operated by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, at least 2 were injured.
As for the cause of the explosion, the investigation remains ongoing.
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According to Midland’s KWES NewsWest 9, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) discovered 5 safety violations during a planned inspection held recently.
Officials also cited Anadarko for improperly handling hazardous materials.