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Worker injured in Denton gas well explosion

Worker injured in Denton gas well explosion

June 09
16:37 2015

Paul Wedding / Staff Writer

An EnerVest gas well exploded early Tuesday morning in Denton near Masch Branch and Hampton Roads, leaving one worker with first-degree burns across his face and hands.

The injured worker was taken to Denton Regional Medical Center. Another worker was present during the explosion but was unharmed.

The explosion occurred around 8 a.m., Denton Police spokesman Orlando Hinojosa said. The Denton Fire Department was called in soon after.

The fire was reduced when the operator shut off the compressor at the well site. Hinojosa said the operator decided to let the fire burn out.

The explosion is currently being investigated, EnerVest spokesman Ron Whitmire said.

“EnerVest is deeply committed to the safety of our employees and the communities in which we operate,” Whitmire said. “We thank the Denton Fire Department and other responders for their assistance and for ensuring prompt attention to our contractor on site.”

This is the second gas well incident in Denton this spring. A Vantage Energy natural gas well off of Westglen Drive was struck by lightning on May 7.

The North Texas Daily is following the story. Updates will be posted as they are made available.

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