Colorado

Sep 16, 2013 4:36 PM by Juice Godfrey

Regulators to rule in tank explosion death

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) - Colorado oil and gas regulators are being asked to find Axia Energy in violation of rules for the company's operations of a wastewater tank at the site of a fatal accident outside Craig in January.

Jon Herod, an employee of Herod Industries, died Jan. 3 when a 300-barrel storage tank exploded at an Axia oil and gas development site north of Craig. The explosion occurred when workers used a propane torch to thaw valves while trying to transfer wastewater from a hydraulic fracturing operation

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Denver-based Axia and a second company, Herod Industries of Craig, have agreed to pay a total of $16,800 in fines under settlements with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in connection with the death.

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