Denbury Resources Claim Attorneys
Helping Injured Oilfield Workers & Others Harmed in Oil & Gas Accidents
Organized in Delaware and with headquarters in Plano, Texas, Denbury Resources is an independent energy company focused on oil and natural gas that was founded in 1951. Denbury operates primarily in the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions. As of 2020, the corporation had 657 employees, 365 of whom were employed in field operations or field offices, and 292 of whom were employed at company headquarters.
Denbury’s production is estimated at about 51,000 barrels of oil equivalent each day. The company utilizes an advanced method of extraction that uses carbon dioxide 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.
Denbury has been in the oil and gas industry for 70 years. Like any energy company, it has a duty to operate safely and to follow state and federal laws pertaining to workplace conditions and the environment, but in recent years Denbury has been involved in questionable and tragic incidents that make one wonder whether the company is doing everything it should to protect its workers and the people that live near its properties and pipelines.
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 that it caused vehicles to stall, leaving people stranded in the hazardous fog and interfering with rescue efforts.
The pipeline ruptured at about 7 pm 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 down the highway immediately and began rescue efforts. First responders were among those hospitalized, and 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.
Thanks to the bravery and quick thinking of first responders, no lives were lost. The effects of carbon dioxide exposure can, however, 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 he was crushed by a piece of equipment 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, well 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 Resources 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 at rebuilding and finding some peace of mind.
To find out how we can help, call our Denbury accident attorneys at (888) 493-1629 for a free, private consultation.