On October 23, at approximately 2:35 p.m., members of the RCMP from the Two Hills, Elk Point and Vermilion Detachments, along with a number of Emergency Services Personnel from a number of regional fire departments and paramedics responded to an industrial explosion and fire at a crude oil tank farm north of highway 640 in Two Hills County.
The fire is believed to be caused by an explosion. Residents of Elk Point and surrounding areas are reporting that they heard a loud boom and then vibrations.
The site is home to Secure Energy, which recently merged with Newalta Tervita.
According to the the company’s website, they are a leading provider of innovative engineered environmental solutions that enable customers to reduce disposal, enhance recycling and recover valuable resources from oil and gas exploration and production waste streams.
“The fire is contained to the site at this time, and there are no reports of casualties,” the RCMP stated. “No residences are under threat from the fire. Currently highway 640 is blocked both East and West to allow emergency personnel and equipment access to the scene, and travel is not recommended on Range Roads 62 and 63, or Township Road 554, to the north of the fire site due to poor visibility cause by smoke.”
It is unclear at this time what caused the explosion, however it is not believed to be criminal in nature.
At this time, there are no injuries reported and no residences or properties are at threat from the fire.
With files from Arthur C. Green.