On Friday, May 1, two contractors were injured when an oil rig operated by Chesapeake Energy caught fire near Douglas, Wyoming. The cause of the fire is undetermined, but it is believed that gas may have been sparked and ignited by a nearby generator.
The oil rig is located about 10 miles north of Douglas. Residents said they could see smoke rising from the rig. Douglas and Converse County officials responded to the fire and restricted residents from the area because of chemicals on the rig. The two injured contract workers were taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, though the severity of their injuries was not known.
About Chesapeake Energy
Chesapeake Energy is the United States' second largest producer of natural gas. Its corporate headquarters are located in Oklahoma City, but it maintains an office in Casper, Wyoming about 45 miles west of where the rig caught fire. This is the second major incident on the rig in the last three years. The rig experienced a blowout in April of 2012.