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Investigation Underway in Fatal WPX Energy Permian Basin Refinery Fire that Tragically Killed New Mexico Oilfield Worker

Undefeated Oilfield Accident Lawyers Investigate WPX Permian Basin Refinery Fire Near Loving, New Mexico.

Federal and state investigators are working to determine the cause of a fatal tank battery fire that tragically killed an oilfield worker in New Mexico’s Permian Basin on Wednesday.

The fire, which erupted shortly before 1:00 p.m. on June 18th at a WPX Energy facility near Loving, had engulfed the entire site by the time responders from multiple Eddy County agencies arrived on scene.

Deceased Worker Burned Beyond Recognition, 2nd Injured Worker Treated for Burns

The remains of the deceased worker were recovered Wednesday afternoon. He was burned beyond recognition, making identification difficult.

“As a result of the injuries, physical identification is not possible,” Lt. Matt Hutchinson, of the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, said during a media briefing yesterday afternoon. “That kind of ID will be done at the Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) level.”

That process could take several weeks.

A second unidentified worker was treated for burns. It’s not clear what his current condition is.

The deceased and injured men were employed by separate companies that had been contracted by WPX Energy to perform work at the refinery.

WPX Energy Refinery Fire Finally Extinguished Wednesday Night

It’s not known what caused the blaze. No fracking or drilling activities were taking place when the battery tank erupted.

Hutchinson indicated that 11 tanks were destroyed in the fire. Eight held produced water, while two contained residue oil and another held an oil separation unit.

While the fire was contained by Wednesday afternoon, it wasn’t completely extinguished until later that evening.

Permian Basin Fire Was Second at a WPX Energy Site in Recent Weeks

WPX Energy is an independent petroleum and natural gas producer based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Eddy County fire was the second to hit one of the company’s New Mexico facilities this summer.

A June 11th fire at a San Juan Basin production site near Nageezi destroyed more than 2 dozen tanks and burned for 5 days.

Fortunately, no one was injured in that incident. However, residents nearby have faulted WPX Energy for a lack of communication regarding the fire and the possible health risks associated with air quality.

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