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Taylor Co. Drill Site Blast Leads to Pollution Violation

Department of Environmental Protection, DEP

State regulators have issued a pollution violation notice to an oil and gas drilling company following a tank explosion at a Tyler County well site.
     The Department of Environmental Protection said Wednesday that the tank ruptured on Jan. 2 at Jay-Bee Oil & Gas’ Lisby gas well pad. Fluid leaked from the tank onto grounds surrounding the well pad.
     One worker was injured.
     The DEP’s Office of Oil and Gas issued the violation notice to the company Tuesday, along with an order to stop well operations at the site.
     Jay-Bee must abate the pollution and submit a report to the state by Jan. 14. The report must demonstrate the company’s ability to safety resume operations.
     Supervisors at Jay-Bee’s office in Cairo didn’t immediately return a telephone message Wednesday.