Company scrutinized after oil rig fire

Updated: 03/05/2014 7:29 PM | Created: 03/05/2014 7:24 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

After an oil rig fire sent two workers to the hospital, KOB Eyewitness News 4 did some digging into the company involved with this fire.

After looking through Huntington Energy's records, the company did not have record of past accidents or violations in the 10 years the company has been established in New Mexico.

KOB spoke with state work safety officials who say New Mexico has a pretty safe track record and they plan to keep it that way. 

There are 110,000 wells drilled for oil and gas extraction in New Mexico.

In an industry that comes with many potential hazards, the people at OSHA of New Mexico are proud that we have such a comparatively low number of accidents in our state.

With so many rigs, they point out that what happened Tuesday near Lybrook is very rare.

The New Mexico Environment Department reports five oil and gas related fires last year.

None of them were as serious as the operational rig fire that flared up Tuesday.

It took hours for firefighters to quench the flames.

OSHA also keeps records on how many accidents happen in the oil and gas industry in New Mexico.

Last year, five deaths were reported.

That was the highest number seen since 2007, which also had five deaths.

New Mexico also has a state program to promote safety in the oil and gas industry. OSHA officials say many companies use the program.

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