Carl George said he awoke to an explosion just feet from his house at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 6200 block of South Thomason Road after a produced water line burst and sprayed his home with potentially dangerous fluids.
“We heard like a pop sound,” George said. “When I came out, there was a plume of stuff coming up. It spewed up over the road, an on all of us and the animals.”
His animals – several chickens, dogs and a goat – were also covered in the fluid and workers from the line’s owner WPX Energy were on scene within hours to begin the remediation process.
Produced water is fluid leftover from hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas extraction operations. It can contain dangerous chemicals and heavy metals toxic to humans.