Fire at Saltwater Disposal Well Near Boyd

Storms with lightning moved through the area

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011  |  Updated 2:17 PM CDT
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Lightning Causes Fire at Saltwater Injection Plant in Boyd

Joe Duty, Wise County Messenger Newspaper

Photo of a salt injection facility fire in Wise County. (Photo courtesy Joe Duty/Wise County Messenger Newspaper)

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Lightning is to blame for a fire at a salt injection facility west of Boyd.

The fire is at the area of County Roads 4590 and 4591 off of Texas 114 according to the Wise County Messenger.

Heavy black smoke could be seen for miles. At one time seven tanks were on fire, but as of 10:00 a.m. only two tank batteries were still burning.

Firefighters from Boyd, Cottondale, Paradise and Rhome were called to the scene at around 8:30 a.m. Wise County Fire Marshal Mark Dodd tells NBC 5 firefighters are allowing the fire to burn itself out, instead of adding water which could overfill the dike around the tank batteries causing water runoff.

The facility is used to inject waste water used in the process of natural gas exploration back into the ground according to the Wise County Messenger.

No one is in danger and Dodd said he hoped the situation would be over in the next two hours.

Dodd said a worker had just checked the equipment and was leaving when he saw lightning hit the site.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Samantha Davies said the only storm with lightning moving through North Texas did pass over Wise County.

There are 50,000 salt water injection wells around Texas according to the Texas Railroad Commission.

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