Eagle Ford Explosion Under Investigation

Eagle Ford Explosion
Eagle Ford Explosion

A natural gas explosion last week in the Eagle Ford's LaSalle County is still under investigation, as company officials say they will rebuild.

Related: Pipeline Explodes in DeWitt County

Early Friday morning, a pipeline near the small town of Encinal exploded causing evacuations and school closures. The natural gas explosions caused a fire at a Lewis Energy Group facility, which burned for about six hours before being contained by 10 a.m.

The Lewis Energy Facility has a clean accident record according to the Texas Railroad Commission of Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Lewis Energy is working to clean up the site and take other safety precautions. Company attorney Tony Treviño reported that the company has isolated the facility from their natural gas pipeline network and will be looking at options to rebuild it at a different location away from the town's population.

This effort will likely take several months and we will apply lessons learned from the investigation to our operation,” Treviño said. “In the meantime, production volumes that were flowing to the facility have been diverted to other outlets away from the facility but approximately 25 percent of the production remains shut in.

Lewis Energy currently operates more than 1400 natural gas wells and has been drilling and completing Eagle Ford Shale wells since 2002. The company also has operations in Mexico and Colombia.

The last Eagle Ford explosion happened in June, when an underground pipeline belonging to Energy Transfer Partners exploded in DeWitt County near the town of Cuero. Read more.