US independent EOG Resources has confirmed that a reported blast on a rig drilling in the Eagle Ford shale of Texas was triggered by a well control incident.
The explosion ripped through a rig in Petersville, Lavaca County just before 7pm local time on Wednesday, according to a reportfrom local news source VictoriaAdvocate.com.
It was still burning as of late afternoon local time on Thursday, a spokeswoman confirmed to Upstream.
The report cited a local volunteer firefighter as saying the blast occurred as the rig was drilling horizontally into the Eagle Ford formation.
Firefighters from the Yaokum Fire Department are reportedly at the scene.
Houston-based EOG confirmed in a statement that it had responded to “a well control incident and fire”, adding that no injuries were reported while all personnel were accounted for and safely evacuated from the scene.
As well as firefighters and emergency response teams, the company said well troubleshooter Wild Well Control had also been called in to tackle the incident.
A spokesperson informed Upstream at around 14:00 CET on Thursday that “the fire is contained but is still burning”.