One Worker Killed at XTO Energy Gas Well in Kenedy County

Posted on Sep 25, 2011
According to the Brownsville Herald, a Texas gas well worker was killed in an on-the-job accident near Norias when a valve blew off of the wellhead. Two of the man's coworkers were injured in the accident. The fatal Texas work accident took place at 11 a.m. on September 9, 2011, at the Santa Berta Ranch, just west of Expressway 77 and near the Willacy County line.

According to XTO Energy, Inc., the Fort Worth owner of the Kenedy County gas well, all three men were contractors from another Texas company, Liberty Swabbing. No explosion or fire at the well was reported and the gas company is now working to secure the area and cap the leak at the well.

The worker killed in the accident died at the scene and was transported to Corpus Christi by members of a funeral home. The two injured workers were treated at the scene by emergency responders and were not admitted to a hospital. A helicopter was dispatched to the scene but later called off when the worker was pronounced dead.

The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will investigate the deadly work accident, but will not comment on the case until it has completed its final report on what occurred.

Our sincere condolences are with the family and friends of the man who was killed in this tragic accident.

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