No Fines, No Follow-Up After Massive Explosion At Wyoming Natural Gas Plant

In 2014, a massive explosion tore through the Williams natural gas processing plant in Opal. It forced the evacuation of the southwestern Wyoming town and caused a spike in the price of natural gas. Wyoming’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an investigation in the aftermath and found a number of safety violations. But the agency never collected the corresponding fines and never released a final report about the investigation.

A Deadly Industry

The Texas Tribune and Houston Chronicle | Oil refineries have a dismal reputation when it comes to worker safety. But the industry’s safety concerns are compounded by the fact that oil refinery fatalities often go uncounted.