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‘Lack of all safety procedures’ reported in North Dakota oil well explosion that killed 1, injured 2 – InForum


ROSS, ND – A Kansas man has died from injuries he sustained in an explosion at a North Dakota oil well site where a crew member told the sheriff’s deputy that there was “a lack of all security procedures”.

Oscar Gilberto “la Borre” Gandara, 37, of Liberal, Kansas, died Sept. 15 of injuries he suffered in the drilling rig accident,

according to his obituary


Gandara was one of three men injured in an oil well explosion on Sept. 2 about 5 miles southwest of Ross, or about 70 miles west of Minot, according to a bureau report. from the Mountrail County Sheriff obtained by the Forum this week via a public records request.

Emergency crews were dispatched around 10:40 p.m. Sept. 2 to the well site owned by Houston-based Chord Energy, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Gandara, along with two other workers, Ramiro Contreras Lopez and Jose Gonzalez, suffered severe burns, according to the report.

The fire was contained to the well site. When a sheriff’s deputy asked what happened to cause the fire, a crew member blamed a “lack of all safety procedures,” according to the report.

A crew member told the deputy “there were visible fumes all over the site”, and one of the crew told the deputy he felt uncomfortable about work on the site, according to the report. As that crew walked away from a pump another crew was starting, the well exploded, according to the report.

The deputy noted in the report that she did not see any crew member “wearing a visible H2S monitor anywhere on their person.” H2S stands for hydrogen sulfide, a flammable and poisonous gas that is associated with oil drilling and has a rotten egg smell.

Gandara was born in Rosales, Mexico. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, according to his obituary.

A Gofundme website was created to raise money for his family


In a statement to the Forum, Chord Energy said it was cooperating with Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials as the federal agency investigates the explosion. Chord is also conducting his own investigation into the fire.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the affected Black Hawk (Energy Services) employees and their families,” Chord Energy said in its statement. “Employee status inquiries should be directed to Black Hawk.”

Asked about the reported lack of security procedures, Chord said “an incident of this nature takes time to investigate to understand what happened.”

Black Hawk is a subsidiary of Colorado-based Steel Energy Services. Attempts by the Forum to reach Black Hawk executives by telephone have failed.

The Forum contacted OSHA spokespersons for comment, but did not receive a response.

It’s common for fumes to rise from oil well sites in North Dakota, though companies are expected to capture most of it, said Karl Rockeman, director of water quality for the Department of environmental quality of North Dakota.

His department inspected the site of the September 12 explosion for environmental releases, but found none, Rockeman said.