A Karnes County fire broke out Thursday September 22, 2011, during maintenence of a 60 year old producing well operated by Amerril Energy. The fire was first reported as a rig explosion, but as details emerged it was evident the fire was started during a hot oil treatment of an existing well by Texas Hot Oilers out of Giddings. Hot oil treatments are used to clear paraffins out of a well. The paraffins (wax) can hinder production flows or block rod pumps from operating effectively. It has been reported the oil backed up and caught fire where propane was being used as the heat source. Flames stretched five to six stories into the air shortly after the explosion.
Two members of the crew were taken to the hospital and one has already been released. The other is expected to make a full recovery. [Read more…]