One dead in well site explosion
EDMONTON A 50-year-old man is dead after a well site explosion near Grande Prairie Tuesday night, say RCMP.
The explosion happened at a well site owned by Calgary-based Mojek Resources Inc., a company spokesperson confirmed.
Police and emergency crews responding to the blast at the site south of Grande Prairie near Musreau Lake around 7:20 p.m. found the man dead on scene. Musreau Lake is about 70 kilometres south of Grande Prairie.
Another male was transported to hospital in Grande Prairie with non-life-threatening injuries. A third male was not physically harmed, police said.
Early reports indicate that the explosion was the result of a gas leak which has since been contained. Alberta Occupational Health and Safety went to the scene and investigators continue to look into the cause of the explosion.
Rob Petrone, president of the Grande Prairie Petroleum Association, said the injured man is his brother-in-law. Petrone said the explosion happened inside a building on the well site. The man who was killed — an independent contractor — was inside at the time. Petrone’s brother-in-law was outside with the third man, a young man they were training.