Fracking accident kills one

2014-11-14 10:43
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Los Angeles - A worker for US contractor Halliburton died on Thursday in an accident on a fracking site in Colorado which also badly injured two others, a company spokesperson said.

The accident happened when a high-pressure water hose, used in the hydraulic fracturing process to extract oil from below ground, burst.

"Halliburton is saddened to confirm the death of our employee who died on a work site north of Fort Lupton, Colorado", the company said in a statement.

The two injured workers were taken to the Denver health and medical centre of the Rockies, it said.

"What is known at this time is that a high-pressured water line ruptured, resulting in the serious bodily injuries and a single fatality", said the Weld County sheriff's office.

An investigation has been launched.

When fracking, operators pump water deep below ground, and beneath the water table to break up shale, then push gas upward through long vertical pipes that are coated in cement to keep the gas from leaking.

The process is deeply controversial, with environmental campaigners decrying its impact on air and water pollution.

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