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Worker suffers burns at Gillett tank battery




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GILLETT -- Officials from the Texas Railroad Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating an early morning incident Oct. 8 at a tank battery near the intersection of S.H. 119 and S.H. 80 near the Wilson County line.

Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva said a report of an explosion came into the county’s 911 system at approximately 4:45 a.m. A 32-year-old male from Gonzales had suffered second-degree burns when a crude oil tank exploded. Villanueva said a second tank exploded while firefighters from Karnes City, Kenedy, Gillett, and Nixon-Smiley were on the scene, which was why the fire was permitted to burn for two hours while they stood by.

The injured man, whose identity Villanueva did not know, was flown via Methodist AirCare helicopter to the San Antonio Military Medical Center.

Railroad Commission spokesman Ramona Nye said the site, leased by Gulf Coast Acquisition Co., was a saltwater disposal facility. She said a field inspector will conduct an inspection to determine whether the lease was in compliance with the commission’s oil and gas division rules.

An OSHA representative was not available for comment, as its Dallas field office is closed due to the ongoing federal government shutdown.
 

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