On Tuesday afternoon, an oil well on the Eagle Ford Shale exploded. While no injuries have been reported, officials evacuated nearby homes as a precautionary measure. The explosion occurred at well being operated by Encana Corporation just east of Karnes City, Texas near the intersection of Highway 343 and Highway 792. The Karnes County Sherriff's Department closed Highway 92, forcing motorists to find an alternate route.
Investigators said the well pump exploded and was immediately shut off. Small amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas were still able to escape, which was the primary reason for the evacuation. The cause of the explosion has yet to be determined, though an official investigation by the Texas Railroad Commission and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is underway.
A spokesman for Encana said the company would provide accommodations for the residents who were forced to evacuate and reimburse their expenses until it is safe for them to return to their homes.
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