This past Saturday, an unnamed natural gas collection facility exploded near Cisco, Utah. Grand County Sheriff's Deputy Jamison Wiggins said that two individuals were left with severe injuries—both were transported to hospitals in Colorado and Utah by helicopter. Police have purposefully left the facility unnamed.
The Utah gas plant explosion is currently being investigated, but Wiggins has said it is a collection facility. Utah Highway 128 was closed near the I-170 exit.
Multiple fire departments and first responders appeared on the scene, including Lower Valley Emergency Services, Grand County Emergency Services, Moab Fire Department, and Thompson Fire Department. They all waited until well after 10:15 AM (when workers shut off the gas) before entering the plant. The fire was still burning hours after the explosion.
What reporters have gathered is that the facility is located in the area of Interstate 70 near the Utah-Colorado border. The Bureau of Land Management has records of a gas plant in that area: the San Arroyo Gas Plant, which is located near Cisco and compresses natural gas gathered from regional pipelines.
Two Workers Airlifted Due to Explosion Injuries
Whatever the plant's location, both workers were airlifted to local hospitals for their injuries. One survivor was sent to University Hospital in Salt Lake City, and the other was flown to a hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. Their injuries were described as "severe."
Burn injuries are the most costly losses a person can suffer—hospitalization, treatment, and long-term care all require multiple specialists and extensive resources. The physical and emotional damage of a severe burn can leave a person unable to work for months, perhaps years. Our Utah gas explosion attorneys have seen countless burn survivors fight through their injuries firsthand—and many of them were caused by plant accidents.
The Bureau of Land Management Predicted This?
In 2005, the Bureau of Land Management wrote that natural gas pipelines in the Grand County region would require replacement within 15 years. That was 13 years ago. Those same pipelines are between 40 and 50 years old—and aging infrastructure is one of the chief causes of plant accidents.
The Grand County gas explosion lawyers at our firm hope that the investigation is swift so that workers at the unnamed plant can have a safer workplace. Our hearts go out to the two workers who were injured in the explosion—we hope their recovery is just as swift.