3 dead after plant explosion near Carlsbad

David Lynch
September 01, 2017 10:25 PM

CARLSBAD, N.M. – Three people are dead following an apparent explosion at a Caza Petroleum Lease Corporation battery tank plant near Carlsbad Friday morning, according to officials from the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office.


The identities of those individuals are not yet being released, according to ECSO Spokesperson Lt. Matt Hutchinson, but he said they are believed to be workers.  

Deputies responded to the area shortly before 11 a.m., where they found a battery tank engulfed in flames. Hutchinson said multiple county fire agencies battled the blaze, which took nearly three hours to put out.

ECSO is investigating the incident, which didn’t result in any more injuries.

New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn released the following statement Friday night.

“It is with great sadness that I learned of the tragic accident and loss of life on State Trust Lands in Eddy County. On behalf of the State Land Office, I offer my deepest condolences to the families of the victims.”

Hutchinson said battery tanks are used to measure and test the volume of oil before it is pumped into a pipeline. 


David Lynch

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