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Oil Rig Explosion Kills Eagle Ford Shale Worker

A worker who was injured during an oil rig explosion on the Eagle Ford shale two weeks ago died on Saturday at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. The 50-year-old worker was one of five people burned when the rig exploded on the evening of October 24. All five workers were flown by helicopter to San Antonio for treatment. The condition of the other four injured workers has not been released.

The oil rig is owned by Pioneer Natural Resources and is located about 70 miles south of San Antonio near Cotulla, Texas. An investigation into the exact cause of the fire will be undertaken, but the company says that it sparked while the workers were conducting a procedure on the rig.

Other Eagle Ford Shale Injuries

The Eagle Ford Shale has experienced a boom in oil production over the last several years. In 2012, a University of Texas - San Antonio study found that the shale had generated 116,000 full-time jobs and produced an economic impact of roughly $60 billion. That production has not come without a cost though. A Houston Chronicle article earlier this year reported an increase in the number of injuries and fatalities that have occurred on the Eagle Ford Shale since the boom began in 2007. The Chronicle reported that 65 oil rig workers were killed in 2012 – up 50% from 2001. The same article also stated that between 2008 and 2013, more than 18,000 workers suffered amputations, crushed or broken bones, burns, cuts and other types of injuries or illnesses from work-related accidents.

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