Last Saturday, two men suffered serious injuries when a gas plant erupted in flames near Cisco, Utah. The plant explosion occurred around 10 AM at the San Arroyo Gas Plant, a location that provides compression for the area’s natural gas pipelines. Both men were significantly injured and were described as being “badly burned” by the Lower Valley Fire Department. They were airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The fire raged into the afternoon hours and forced firefighters to monitor the atmosphere for safety. Authorities were forced to wait for the blaze to burn down before they could attempt to kill the flames.
Burn injuries are one of the most unfortunate dangers facing those who work in the energy industry. Those with burn injuries often lose their livelihoods while incurring large medical debt as a result of their treatment. Severe burns often come with long-term consequences, both physical and emotional.
Aging Gas Infrastructure
Notably, paperwork from the most recent examination of the oil and gas infrastructure in the area emphasized the aging conditions of the gas pipelines in the area. In a 2005 report, the Bureau of Land Management in Moab noted that that pipelines were between 30 and 40 years old and would likely require replacement within the next 15 years. About 13 years have elapsed since then.
When companies fail to update their equipment, the lives of workers are put at risk. Energy companies have a responsibility to update their infrastructure—both for the sake of their function and for the safety and well-being of their employees.
Our Utah gas plant explosion lawyers hope those injured by the blast swiftly recover. We also hope that investigators find the cause of the gas explosion and fix pipeline safety issues as soon as possible.