It is well known that lightning loves to strike oil & gas facilities. Lightning rods should be required at all facilities. And dangerous, polluting, heavy industrial facilities should never be allowed near homes. In fact, let’s move this country forward and get off fossil fuels.
On June 19, 2008, I drove up on this scene where lightning struck a gas well facility in Wise County.
I called the paper immediately thinking that they might want to report on it. Their response was that this happens often when storms go through. Not kidding.
Thirteen months later, I witnessed lightning strike a gas well in Denton County.
This morning: Lightning strike at gas well in Somerval County, 1700 block of County Road 308. UPDATE: I’ve been told that this facility does have lightning rods and cables but that does not make them lightning proof.
LIghtning strikes happen at oil & gas facilities all the time. Here are a few examples:
This was a bad one in Wise County: Lightning strikes, gas tanks burn
Another one in Wise County: Wise County Gas Well Fire Under Control After Lightning Strike. 8 of 10 tanks along state Highway 199 exploded, burned Wednesday
There was a big injection well fire in the Boyd area. it got struck by lightning. I heard thought the internal grapevine that some water wells are now contaminated.
Oklahoma: Lightning Sparks Tank Battery Fire. They have video and it looks like nothing much is left on the pad site.
Firefighters from across Harrison County were called out when lightning reportedly struck a saltwater disposal facility early Wednesday night.