Gas Plant Blast in KS

Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 03:02 PM gHale


An explosion at the OneOk natural gas plant in Rice County, KS, Tuesday leveled a brick building at the facility, officials said.

The explosion occurred Tuesday at 9:41 p.m. at the OneOk Hydrocarbon Plant near Bushton, KS.

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The blast occurred in the plant’s records building causing a fire that completely leveled the structure. It took crews about 30 minutes to put out the blaze, said Gregg Klein, with Rice County Emergency Management.

Debris from the blast spread on nearby roads and across a wide area, Klein said.

The blacktop road off Kansas Highway 4 leading into the facility remained closed Wednesday morning.

OneOk released a statement saying:

“Last night, there was a fire at one of our office buildings located across the street from our Bushton, Kansas, natural gas liquids fractionator. There were no injuries as a result of the incident, and there was no impact to our fractionator operations. The cause of the incident is unknown and under investigation at this time.

“We would like to thank local officials for their quick response. Safeguarding our communities and employees and the environment is a companywide commitment.”

OneOk does oil and gas production, natural gas processing, gathering, storage and transmission, according to the company web site.



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