One worker suffered an injury when a leak in a valve at a Laramie County, WY, oil well sprayed some oil mixture onto a flame used to heat the oil for separation which then caught fire, officials said.
The incident occurred at 8:55 a.m. Monday when firefighters ended up called to the scene to battle a reported oil well fire near the intersection of US 85 and County Road 222.
The oil well site separates oil, water and gas from the underground oil and uses some of it to power the site. Officials said an apparent leak in a valve sprayed some of the mixture onto a flame used to heat the oil for separation which then ignited. A worker that was on the site at the time of the fire received burns and ended up transported by private vehicle to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
Firefighters shut off the oil/gas mixture and the fire finally burned itself out. Fire units continued to spray water and foam onto the nearby storage tank that holds between 1500 to 2000 gallons of oil to keep it cool. Due to the oil spray and leaking oil, a Hazardous Materials Response Team came in to help contain the spill.
A second fire unit responded as did the Wyoming Air National Guard, F. E. Warren Air Force Base Fire Department American Medical Response and Region 7 Hazmat team. By 2:30 that afternoon, all units cleared the location.