Early Tuesday morning an oil field rig in West Texas exploded, causing
the deaths of three workers. According to reports, the accident took place
near Rankin, which is about 40 miles south of Midland. The well is owned
by Parsley Energy of Midland, which owns significant acreage in the Permian
Basin. However, all the workers were reportedly employed by Mason Well
Service Ltd., located in Odessa.
The employees who were killed were part of a pulling unit crew that was
on site when the oil rig explosion occurred. This is a well-servicing
outfit that is responsible for laying down rods, tubing, casting, as well
as maintaining the rig and other various duties.
All But One Killed in Explosion
There were four employees on the site when the oil rig exploded, however,
only three were killed. The fourth worker was not hurt in the explosion.
None of the names of the workers have yet been released.
Due to the boom of the oil and gas industry in this area, there is constant
flurry of work being done in the Permian Basin, especially with constructing
and managing oil rigs. Rankin is located just 40 miles south of the central
hub of this booming oil area.