PXP Reports Fatal Fire at California Lease

Plains Exploration & Production Co. (PXP) late Monday reported a well fire at approximately 6:30 a.m. Pacific Time at the Star Fee oil lease approximately eight miles north of McKittrick, Calif.

Local emergency personnel responded, the fire is extinguished, the site is secure and procedures are underway to shut-in the damaged wells. The cause of the incident is still under investigation; at this time; however, the fire appears to have resulted from a vacuum truck, operated by Johnston Vacuum Tank, colliding with at least two PXP wellheads. An employee of Johnston Vacuum Tank was killed in the incident and PXP extends its sincerest condolences to the victim's family.

Operationally, the wells in the immediate area are also in the process of being shut-in, and will be shut-in until all safety and environmental clearances have been given. PXP production in the area is expected to be minimally impacted.

PXP is an independent oil and gas company primarily engaged in the upstream activities of acquiring, developing, exploiting, exploring and producing oil and gas in its core areas of operation: onshore and offshore California, and the Gulf Coast region of the United States. PXP is headquartered in Houston, Texas.