Fire Crews Respond to Encinal Gas Explosion
Details of the Pipeline Explosion
Around 4 am, multiple South Texas fire departments responded to to a natural gas pipeline explosion near Encinal. The responders were able to extinguish the resulting fire and no injuries were reported.
A picture, posted to social media, showed the fire lighting up the dark sky from miles away.
The Encinal City Manager’s office said there was no need for evacuation, and State Highway 44 was reopened after being shut down due to the explosion.
Little is currently known about the size of the pipeline, and thus far there has been no impact on natural gas prices.
There are more than 1,400 natural gas wells owned by San Antonio-based Lewis Energy.
Oil and Gas Extraction Statistics
The following information was provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):
- 155 work-related deaths were recorded in the private mining industry in 2011 – 70 percent fatalities were associated with the oil and gas extraction industry.
- Between 2007 and 2011, 199 oil and gas industry fatalities were reported in Texas alone.
- An additional 9,900 nonfatal injuries and illnesses were linked to oil and gas extraction and activities supporting oil and gas extraction.