There was an explosion at a Chesapeake well site in South Texas early Saturday morning after a nearby resident reported a series of loud bangs, officials said.
The source of the noise was an over-pressured empty tank that exploded, according to an incident report filed with the Railroad Commission of Texas. The probable cause of the explosion was a mechanical failure in the tank battery, according to the report. There was no spill and no fire, although a nearby home had some of its windows blown out, the company told the Railroad Commission.
No one was injured in the blast, which occurred in Brazos County, the company said in a statement.
This was the second time in two weeks, the Railroad Commission of Texas sent an investigator to the site of an explosion in South Texas involving Chesapeake Energy Corp.
“The cause of the incident is under investigation,” said Gordon Pennoyer, Chesapeake’s communications director.
The Railroad Commission dispatched an investigator to the site Monday, spokesperson Ramona Nye said. The site is in a rural area 8 miles northwest of the county seat of Bryan.
It’s the second time a commission investigator has been sent to a Chesapeake site in the same number of weeks. The first incident was a well blowout in nearby Burleson County that killed three workers and caused another to be hospitalized.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Chemical Safety Board are also investigating the Burleson County incident.