Five declared dead in Oklahoma rig explosion
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Five workers are presumed dead, including one Texan, after an explosion ripped through a drilling rig in Oklahoma, triggering the nation's deadliest oil and gas incident in several years.

The drilling rig is owned by Houston-based Patterson-UTI Energy, which employed three of the deceased. Patterson-UTI has grown into one of the nation's largest onshore drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, companies.

"At this time we have moved from a rescue mission to a recovery mission," said Pittsburg County sheriff Chris Morris at a Tuesday press conference. "They are waiting on the scene to cool down and be stabilized before we can go in."


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