Williams Energy

Natural Resources & Energy
9:50 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Fire At Opal Natural Gas Plant Extinguished

Explosion at the Williams Opal natural gas processing plant on April 23, 2014.
Credit Rachel Anderson

The Williams company is working to get its natural gas processing plant in Opal back up and running after an explosion and fire shut it down last week. The fire burned for five days, finally running out of fuel on Monday afternoon. In a press release, the company said it believes only one of the plant’s four units was damaged in the accident. Two of the units were back online Thursday morning.

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Natural Resources & Energy
11:44 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Opal Remains Evacuated After Explosion At Gas Plant

The explosion at the Williams company's Opal natural gas processing plant.
Credit Rachel Anderson

UPDATE 04/24 12:45pm: The evacuation order has been lifted, residents are being allowed to return to their homes. 

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An evacuation order remains in effect for residents of Opal after an explosion at a nearby natural gas processing plant Wednesday night.

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Natural Resources & Energy
4:49 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Opal Evacuated After Explosion At Nearby Gas Plant

A town in southwest Wyoming has been evacuated after an explosion at a nearby natural gas processing plant. The explosion at the Williams plant near Opal happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Lincoln County Emergency Management spokesman Stephen Malik said that as of 4 p.m. there was still an ongoing fire, but that gas has been shut off to the facility. In addition to the evacuation of Opal's hundred residents, highways 30 and 284 between Opal and Kemmerer have been shut down.

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