Over a month after the Eagle Ford shale oil rig explosion in Karnes County, Texas, the operator of the rig, Encana, released a report to state regulators that details the cost of the explosion. In the report, the company states that the explosion caused over 760,000 pounds of crude oil to be released in the environment. It is estimated that the released crude oil was worth nearly $200,000. In addition to the crude oil, the report notes that tens of thousands of pounds of gas could possibly have been released into the air as well.
"Worst Environmental Disaster In 20 Years"
Shortly after the explosion, trees, roads, and some houses were covered in crude oil. Several families had to be displaced while the oil was cleaned up. The county sheriff called it the county's worst environmental disaster in more than two decades.
In addition to cleaning up the spilled oil, contractors were brought into the community to test livestock, soil, and vegetation to determine if it had been contaminated.
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