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Equipment related to hydraulic fracturing operations in the Pinedale Anticline shale gas field south of Pinedale. An EnergyWire review of federal labor statistics suggests the oil and gas industry has the highest number of deaths related to fires and explosions. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile)

The drilling industry’s explosion problem

Deadly fires and explosions occur too often in the oil and gas industry, according to some workplace safety proponents — a particular concern as drilling continues to encroach on populated areas.