CSB renews call for stronger security at rural drilling sites

11/14/2011
The US Chemical Safety Board renewed its call for stronger security at rural oil and gas wellsites as it released a study identifying 26 explosions in the US that have killed 44 members of the public and injured 25 others under the age of 25 since 1983. It issued the recommendation as it released a report on three separate blasts at wells in Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas that killed trespassers between October 2009 and April 2010. Investigators found that the three accidents occurred in isolated, rural wooded areas at production sites that were unfenced, did not have clear or legible warning signs, and did not have hatch locks to prevent access to the flammable hydrocarbons inside the ...
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