Explosion, rig fire in US  

Offshore-drilling-rig29 August 2013, News Wires – A drilling rig explosion was reported in Petersville, Lavaca County in rural South Texas Wednesday evening.

There were no reports of injuries in what was being described as a “well control incident and fire,” and all personnel were safely evacuated, K Leonard, manager of public relations for rig operator EOG Resources Inc. told Rigzone.

EOG is coordinating its response with local fire department and emergency response personnel, and regulatory agencies have been notified, Leonard said.

“EOG’s first priority in responding to the incident is the safety of personnel working on site, the responders who are providing assistance and neighbors in the immediate area,” Leonard said.

The incident occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday evening, Aug. 28, approximately 80 miles east of San Antonio between Shiner and Yoakum, in the Eagle Ford shale formation.

The fire is contained but is continuing to burn, and Wild West Control was called in to assist in the response effort. EOG is assembling a team of well control experts to safely control the well and extinguish the fire.

EOG said the cause of the incident was unknown at this time.

– Gene Lockard, Rigzone

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