Investigation continues into last week's tank explosion and fire in Glenpool

Monday, April 14th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

ConocoPhillips workers are still cleaning up in Glenpool where an oil tank exploded and caught fire.

The News on 6 continues to follow the investigation into what caused that fire. News on 6 reporter Patrina Adger says the National Transportation
Safety Board is still looking into the cause of last week's explosion.

Crews were cleaning up the area, vacuuming paint chips and debris on Monday. Ron Webster with Conoco Phillips says they are repairing the damage and trying to get the pipeline working again.

One tank is destroyed, two others are damaged as a result of the explosion which some believe was caused by static electricity. 8,000 barrels of diesel was being loaded from a pipeline to a tank when the explosion occurred. Firefighters had the fire under control for about six hours, and then sparks from a power line dropped into a pool of diesel fuel and re-ignited the fire. The power lines were knocked down and have since been repaired by AEP.

NTSB says it could take several months to find out the cause of the explosion. They want to know what caused the explosion, exactly where it happened, in the tank or in the distribution line.

They also want to know what could be done to prevent this from happening again. That of course, is a big concern to the thousands of people who live in Glenpool.