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Rachel Anderson

In 2014, a massive explosion tore through the Williams natural gas processing plant in Opal. It forced the evacuation of the southwestern Wyoming town and caused a spike in the price of natural gas.

Wyoming’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an investigation in the aftermath and found a number of safety violations. But the agency never collected the corresponding fines and never released a final report about the investigation.

The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a burst pipe may have been involved in the death of a worker at the Williams natural gas processing plant in southwest Wyoming Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the agency says a worker on-scene also reported seeing a cloud of natural gas.

 

The as-yet unidentified 36-year-old man’s death is under investigation by the state and the company.

 

Rachel Anderson

State investigators have ruled out inadequate maintenance as the cause of an explosion at a natural gas plant in southwestern Wyoming in April, but are still looking into what did happen. The explosion at the Williams Company gas plant forced evacuation of the nearby town of Opal.

John Ysebaert heads up Wyoming’s Office of Occupational Safety and Health. He says the state sent two investigators to look into the incident, and so did the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. Ysebaert says that agency doesn’t normally get involved.

A small fire continues to burn at a western Wyoming natural gas processing plant idled by an explosion since last week.