Investigators look into cause of gas release which sparked Quinton gas explosion

Posted at 10:37 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 05:54:20-05
QUINTON, Okla. -- We continue to follow the developing story of the gas well explosion in Quinton that killed five people.
We were the first to get our hands on the initial report by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, and have an update into what's next in the investigation.
Despite some misunderstanding the O.C.C. has not discovered a cause to Monday's gas explosion.
In the preliminary report, it says the Patterson rig 219 was on fire from an uncontrolled gas release.
What investigators are looking at is what happened for the gas to be released to cause that explosion.
The report also says an employee tried to close the blind rams and shut off the well after the blast.
A specialist eventually shut the well around 4 Monday afternoon, nearly seven hours after the incident.
In the report it also states there is a "confirmed violation".
We spoke with a spokesman for the O.C.C. about what exactly this means.
"Confirmed violation simply means that yes we have a confirmed violation to start with, in this case, it’s the pollution on the ground and then we go from there," said Matt Skinner, spokesman for the O.C.C.
What Skinner talked about is the contaminated water from drilling fluids that traveled off the area unto a ditch along a county road. 
The O.C.C. says as far as pollution, there was no threat to the residents in Quinton or their water supply.
In the coming days crews will be out on site cleaning up the area and taking soil samples.
They will also be out for sometime looking into what caused the initial gas release.

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