Oil Rig Falls Over, Continues to Burn in Reeves County

Oil Rig Falls Over, Continues to Burn in Reeves County

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

REEVES COUNTY - A rig that exploded on Monday morning in Reeves County continues to burn.

The rig was located 24 miles north of Pecos and belongs to Cimerex Energy.

We're told the rig that is burning is Nor Am number 24.

The Reeves County Sheriff says they weren't allowed any closer than about 300 yards from the rig because of high levels of H2S gas in the air.

Hydrogen Sulfide is a colorless, flammable, extremely hazardous gas with a "rotten egg" smell.

In high concentrations, it can be deadly if you breathe it.

There have been no reports of any injuries or deaths.