- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Two workers were injured in an explosion and fire at an oil facility in Converse County on Friday while working with fluid at a well head.

The blast happened shortly before noon at the Chesapeake Energy Corp. facility about four miles north of Douglas.

A generator was running at the time of the explosion, but the state fire marshal would have to determine the cause of the fire, Converse County Undersheriff Justin Scott said.

Chesapeake Energy spokesman Gordon Pennoyer said the situation is under control. “Two third-party contactors were working on the location and have been taken to the hospital for medical treatment. The safety of those working on our sites is Chesapeake’s number one priority,” Pennoyer said.

Chesapeake officials showed up and the scene and tried to help, “but we had to keep them back,” Scott said.

Two contractors with Susquehanna Services were pumping fluid out of containers at the time, said Rob Black with the state Department of Workforce Services.

One worker was taken to a hospital with burns, and the other worker was hospitalized with unknown injuries, Black said. The workers’ identities and conditions weren’t immediately available.

Firefighters put out the fire while the other workers were evacuated.

The area around Douglas has seen heavy oil drilling in recent years.


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