Oilfield worker critical after abandoned well explodes in Robertson County

Robinson Robertson County aka Booger County.

From KTBX Bryan/College Station.

The injured young man is 25-years-old and has burns on his head and neck. An updated report says he is in critical condition.

I’m betting we never find out what happened and I’m also betting that well was leaking.

An oil field worker was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston on this helicopter and is believed to have burns to his head and neck after the well was engulfed in flames. Sources tell us it was being capped and been out of commission for some time.

Robertson County Sheriff’s Investigator Steve Misterek tells us the man was the only one on the site at the time of the fire and it’s unclear what work was being done.

“We’ll get in there and take a look at the site and see if we can find any clues to actually what happened and stuff. Qe haven’t been able to talk to the individual due to his injuries,” said Misterek.

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  1. says

    And they end the news story with, “obviously a lot of good news there.”

    Hard to see this as “good news,” outside of being very glad this oil field worker survived the blast. It doesn’t take much to imagine the outcome for this kind of catastrophic blast in our highly populated suburban neighborhoods within the 500 FT setbacks and less all across North Texas.
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  2. meamous says

    This thing has gone mysteriously quiet in Booger–somethng is wrong. Wonder what it is?