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Oil and gas operator fined after fire at Artesia plant injures workers


A natural gas facility near Artesia caught fire last month injuring workers, and the company was fined by the State of New Mexico for failing to adequately report the incident under State law.

DCP Operating Company’s Kristina Booster Station, where natural gas is compressed and processed alerted on Oct. 2 that a fire broke out after an unplanned release of dry gas, according to a notice of violation (NOV) issued by the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division (OCD).

Fines totaled in $66,800, according to the NOV issued by the OCD.

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An operator arrived to start up the station when he heard a noise “like an air leak,” records show, when the fire started.



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