Multiple oil tanks catch fire in Reeves County

REEVES COUNTY -- Noble Energy is investigating after some of their oil tanks caught fire overnight.

(Ben Powell/CBS7)

According to a release, at 3:45 a.m. on Wednesday three of their oil production tanks in Reeves County caught on fire.

They said that the emergency shutdown system activated immediately to stop any more oil from fueling the flames.

Authorities were called, but no one was injured. All Noble personnel were safe and accounted for.

The Pecos Volunteer Fire Department decided to let the fire burn itself out, and shut down surrounding roads in the remote area. The tower of smoke was visible from miles away and continued to burn all day Wednesday.

Operations employees for Noble Energy were on scene the whole time CBS7 was there, keeping an eye on the fire, and waiting for it to die out.

They even set up temporary lighting in preparation for what could be a long night, as the fire showed little sign of stopping.

No one scene with Noble was allowed to speak with CBS7, but the company expressed in its statement that protection of the environment and the safety of its communities, employees and contractors are Noble’s top priorities.

The company says it will be conducting its own investigation to determine what caused the tanks to ignite.