Incident Unfolding at Gas Well Near Tunkhannock
By D.C. Koviack
According to a statement issued earlier today by Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc., at approximately 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, an equipment failure occurred during well-completion activities on the Yarasavage 1H natural gas well located approximately three miles northwest of Tunkhannock in Washington Township along Keiserville Road. The equipment failure allowed the release of what the company described as “completion fluids.”
This well is operated by a subsidiary of Carrizo. Later that evening, natural gas was also detected to have begun leaking from the well.
Crews are on location working to control the leak and contain the fluid flow. Well-control specialists Boots and Coots were mobilized and are on location, where, together with the operator, they are implementing a plan to control the well.
All relevant emergency agencies have been notified. Crews continue to work to minimize any impacts to the surrounding area.
As of 8 a.m. there were no injuries and the fluids from the well have been contained.
“The safety of our employees, community residents and stakeholders is our first priority,” a Carrizo spokesperson said.
As a cautionary measure on the evening of March 13, four families whose residences were located close to the incident were asked to relocate to nearby hotels.
“This is an unfortunate incident and we will apply the experience gained to the continuous improvement of our future operations, the Carrizo spokesperson said.
Earlier reports of an explosion at the site have not been confirmed. Wyoming County EMA officials said there was not an explosion.
The Meshoppen Fire Company was on the scene Thursday.
Another press conference is scheduled for later today.