Another oil rig explosion has claimed the life of three rig workers. On Tuesday morning, an oil rig exploded near Rankin, Texas – a small, rural West Texas town about 30 minutes south of Midland.
A pulling unit (which is a type of well-servicing outfit) was on the rig when the explosion occurred. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known, but an investigation is underway. Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will join local officials to conduct a full investigation.
According to family members of the deceased workers, all three men were related. A fourth man was with the group onsite, but was not injured in the explosion. Parsley Energy owns the well, though the three deceased workers were independent contractors with Mason Well Service out of Odessa, Texas.
The oil well is located in the Permian Basin, which is one of the country's highest producing shale fields.