DCP Midstream Pipeline Explosion Injures Grady County, Oklahoma Contractor
An explosion along a natural gas pipeline in Grady, Oklahoma left a contract worker injured yesterday afternoon.
Excavator Blamed for DCP Midstream Pipeline Explosion
Grady County Emergency Management received reports of an explosion near County Roads 2890 and 1420, just east of Ninnekah, shortly before noon on June 18th.
The unidentified contractor was apparently part of a crew working to install a new pipeline in the area. During that operation, an excavator struck an active natural gas line owned and operated by DCP Midstream, causing it to rupture.
The subsequent explosion triggered a fire that burned several acres. Fortunately, the blaze did not damage any structures and never posed a danger to the public.
Contractor Suffered Non-Life-Threatening Injuries
Paramedics transferred the worker to an area hospital. Although officials have not commented on the exact nature of his injuries, it appears they were non-life-threatening.
Crews managed to extinguish the fire by 3:00 p.m.
Although DCP Midstream temporarily shut the affected pipeline, the company maintained that the incident had “no material impact” on its operations.
3 DCP Midstream Pipeline Fires in Less than 2 Years
DCP Midstream operates more than 64,000 miles of natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines in 17 states. Unfortunately, yesterday’s explosion and fire wasn’t the first serious incident involving the Denver, Colorado company.
In fact, two other contractors were hurt last November when a fire broke out along a DCP Midstream pipeline in Sutton County, Texas. That line also ruptured during a replacement operation.
The previous November, three workers were severely burned while attempting to clear a gas build-up at another DCP Midstream pipeline in Weld County, Colorado. Two of the men would later die of their injuries.
The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) fined DCP Midstream and Complete Energy Services more than $79,000.00 in connection with that tragedy.
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