As of 2020, Denbury had 657 employees—365 employed in field operations or field offices and 292 employed at company headquarters. Its production is estimated at 51,000 barrels of oil equivalent daily. The company utilizes an advanced carbon dioxide method to extract petroleum from oilfields that have already been exploited. At the end of 2020, Denbury had a reported 143.1 million barrels of oil equivalent and about 910 billion cubic feet of probable carbon dioxide in reserves. In 2020, its highest-producing property was the Cedar Creek Anticline in Montana and North Dakota, accounting for about one-fifth of Denbury’s production.
Arnold & Itkin is here to help if you’ve been injured or have lost someone you love in an oilfield, pipeline, or plant accident. Contact our Denbury accident attorneys today!
Denbury Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Rupture Sends 45 People to the Hospital
On February 22, 2020, 300 people were evacuated, and 45 were sent to local hospitals after a Denbury Resources carbon dioxide pipeline ruptured, sending toxic amounts of CO2 into the air. The carbon dioxide was so thick it caused vehicles to stall, leaving people stranded in the fog—interfering with rescue efforts.
The pipeline ruptured at about 7 p.m. in a heavily wooded area off Mississippi Highway 433 in Yazoo County. Calls started coming into the Yazoo County Sheriff’s Office about a green fog rolling across the highway. When the sheriff’s department realized it was likely CO2, they closed the highway immediately and began rescue efforts. First responders were among those hospitalized. One stated that the carbon dioxide had people “wandering around like zombies” and that it was like trying to breathe with a plastic bag over his head.
No lives were lost thanks to the first responders. However, the effects of carbon dioxide exposure can cause lingering side effects even after treatment. Some victims returned to the hospital for more treatment.
Worker Crushed in Denbury Oil Well Accident
On March 14, 2017, a worker lost his life when a piece of equipment crushed him at a Denbury Resources oil rig in the Hastings oil field in Texas. The 43-year-old worker was killed instantly by a piece of iron equipment weighing about 2,500 to 3,000 pounds that fell to the rig floor, pinning him underneath. He was working for Pryor Packers Inc. at the time of the accident and, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office, had been working for the company for some time, including at Denbury’s wells.
Get Experienced Help from Our Denbury Accident Attorneys
Oilfield accidents, blowouts, and pipeline explosions are catastrophic events that can cause life-changing injuries in the blink of an eye, leaving survivors trying to put the pieces of their lives back together. When these incidents are fatal, families are left without answers or guidance. At Arnold & Itkin, our Denbury accident lawyers recognize that people come to us during the worst times of their lives. We fight to get them answers and to see justice served. Why? Because it will give them the best opportunity to rebuild and find peace of mind.
To find out how we can help, call our Denbury accident attorneys at (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation.