State Investigates Oil Field DeathsTwo state investigators are on the scene of yesterday's deadly oil field explosion in Converse County, trying to piece together what caused the blast that killed three workers. Converse County Sheriff Clint Becker says the victims' bodies are being taken to Colorado for autopsies and positive identifications.
The incident happened shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday at the Hornbuckle ranch, which is about 21 miles north of Glenrock.
Authorities say they do not believe there were any witnesses to the accident. All that is known for certain, is that there was an explosion and a fire that charred about 10 acres of land. The victims were working on a fuel line that supplies a heater treatment facility which separates oil from water. The facility is owned by Samson Resources from Tulsa, Oklahoma. However, the victims were employed by two sub-contractors. Those companies are Wild West Construction and Double-D Welding and Fabrication.
The Wyoming occupational safety and health administration says Samson resources has not received any citations for safety violations in recent years.