On May 25, 2021, a gas well located at Belle Isle Field exploded injuring four workers. According to reports, the incident occurred around 3:00 pm while workers were attempting to cap the abandoned well.
A spokesperson for Texas Petroleum Investment Company released the following statement:
“[C]ontractors working to cap a well in the Belle Isle Field were injured when a spark ignited natural gas. The incident began on Sunday while workers were attempting to plug the abandoned well. The workers are receiving medical treatment and crews are on the scene to protect the environment and bring the well under control.”
According to some reports, an estimated that four crew members sustained burns and other serious injuries as a result of the explosion. According to KATC news, Acadian Ambulance Services provided four helicopters and five ground units. KATC also went on to say that two of the patients were transported by air and two by boat.
Because this incident is still being investigated, the cause of the explosion still remains unknown. Experienced Houston oil rig explosion lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard LLP will provide more updates as new developments become available.