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CSB Report on Deadly Quinton Gas Rig Explosion Shows Absence of Protocol and Disengaged Alarms

Tulsa World, June 6, 2019

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has cited several operational and safety management issues among the findings of investigators who examined a natural gas drilling rig explosion that killed five people in Pittsburg County on January 22, 2018. 

Among the key findings from the CSB were:

  • The alarm system was off.
  • Systems to prevent gas from entering the well and a blowout were poorly managed.
  • Gas influx indicators either elicited an inadequate response or went unrecognized.

The federal agency will release its final report during a news conference in Oklahoma City at 9 a.m. on June 12th, but it put out a brief overview of “key issues” raised by its investigation on Wednesday. 

Click here to read the full article from Tulsa World.


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