One dead in well site ex­plo­sion

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION - JONNY WAKE­FIELD jwake­[email protected]­media.com

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.

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