At 9 a.m., a gas plant in Orla, TX exploded—resulting in a large
fire. The Anadarko plant is located approximately four miles beyond the
New Mexico / Texas border on U.S. 285. Employees and residents in a 10-mile
radius have been evacuated in a move described as a precautionary measure.
Per an Anadarko Petroleum Corporation spokesman, there have been at least
two people who sustained minor injuries during the explosion; he went
on to state that approximately 200 people who were working at the site
at the time of the incident have been accounted for and have been evacuated.
All of the gas lines into and out of the plant have since been shut down
and it has been reported that the fire has been contained to one area
of the plant. Traffic on the U.S. 285 is currently being rerouted.
It is currently unknown what caused this explosion.