Explosion near Grande Prairie as workers transferred frac water into tank; One dead after crude oil/frac fluid vacuum tank explosion in Colorado

Explosion near Grande Prairie under investigation by OHS by Jo Ann Lawrence, January 12, 2015, Beacon Energy News

No injuries reported in explosion near Grande Prairie on Monday morning. Grande Prairie RCMP along with members of the Grovedale Fire Department responded to a tank explosion at a secure well site on Monday morning. Cst. Ellen Archibald of the Grande Prairie RCMP says the explosion near Grande Prairie occurred around 10:45, about 20 Km south of the city near Highway 40 and Township Rd 690.

The explosion occurred as workers were transferring frac water into a tank.

Archibald says the site was evacuated and no injuries were reported in the explosion. Fire crews were able to contain the blaze and remain on site as a safety precaution.

Occupational Health and Safety have been contacted and will investigate the explosion near Grande Prairie. [Emphasis added]

One dead after explosion in Weld by Adrian D. Garcia, January 15, 2015, The Coloradoan
A 26-year-old Brighton man died Wednesday afternoon after the vacuum tank trailer he was working on exploded in Weld County.

The dead man’s body was found Wednesday by Weld County sheriff’s deputies in the area of Weld County roads 6 and 11, near Erie. The sheriff’s office is still investigating the incident and waiting on the Weld County corner to determine how the man died.

Shortly after 12:20 p.m Tuesday, Weld County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about an explosion at a rural industrial park in Weld County, according to sheriff’s spokesman Steve Reams.

“The theory is he was welding and something on the trailer ignited,” Reams said. The trailer previously carried crude oil and fracking fluids. [Emphasis added]

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