Texas Railroad Commission investigating cause of tank battery fire near Goldsmith

Texas Railroad Commission investigating cause of tank battery fire near Goldsmith

ECTOR COUNTY, TX (KWES) - The cause of an explosive fire that shook a commercial disposal well facility Tuesday morning near Goldsmith remained unknown Thursday evening, according to officials.

The site - located on FM 181, north of Highway 158 - is operated by Wilson Systems, Inc. and falls under the jurisdiction of the Texas Railroad Commission (TRRC).

The saltwater disposal facility is listed as TXL-B #4 in company records.

TRRC officials received no reports of injuries, spokesperson Ramona Nye confirmed Thursday in an emailed statement to NewsWest 9.

An inspector from the Midland district office was dispatched to the scene and will work to determine if the operator of the facility is in compliance with Railroad Commission rules, she added.

A company representative for Wilson Systems, Inc. declined to answer questions about factors that may have contributed to sparking the fire, including the possibility of any chemical spills.

"Unfortunately, we do not have any further information to disclose at this time," spokesperson Josh Tatum said Thursday in an email statement. "We are all very grateful that no one was injured in the incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation."

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) officials were not called in to help with the ongoing investigation, spokesperson Andrea Morrow said.

"The TCEQ has not received a request from the TRRC for assistance in this matter," she confirmed Thursday.

It's unknown when Railroad Commission officials are expected to conclude their investigation into the cause of the fire.

"Protection of public safety and our natural resources is the Railroad Commission's highest priority," said Nye.

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