Fire Burns Worker at CO Fracking Well

Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 05:05 PM gHale


A fire at a northern Colorado petroleum well Monday seriously burned a worker.

The fire broke out Monday in a tank about 3 miles west of Greeley, CO, said officials at the Greeley Fire Department.

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The injured worker ended up rushed to the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. The person’s name hasn’t been released.

The fire department says the tank held water used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Fracking uses a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals to break open formations and release oil or gas.

A backfiring engine ignited vapor from the tank, officials said.

Vapors releasing from the tank is a normal occurrence, fire department officials said. Weather conditions kept the vapor close to the ground, where it came in contact with the engine.



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