Something’s burning – rig fire burns for six days

Well Blowout Milam County

On October 23, 2011, an oil  rig operated by Slawson Exploration in Milano, TX, which is very close to Booger County, had a blow out and caught fire sending flames shooting up into the air. On October 29, 2011, it was “nearly exhausted.”  Boots and Coots was called in.

There is a lot of drilling in that area, mostly oil shale but some gas and they have a lot of H2S. We’ll probably never know any more about what caused the blowout.

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  1. Anonomous says

    Look at permits in Milam County on the RRC websites–a bunch of new well permits! They must have found somekind of “sweet spot” over there! I’ll bet they have the locals all bought off?

  2. Anonomous says

    Usually, these ole shallow Tx oil wells don’t free flow very long–and they produce sour crude. Could be that some stimulus is accomplished with old timey horizontal fracking. Also then somekind of terterary(sp?) or secondary recovery is needed after a couple of years–something like “acid gas”(mostly H2S & CO2) injection — could it be that there is another Denver City in the making? There are several new TCEQ (PBR) Gas Treatment Plants permits in western Booger (near Hearne) pending. Could it be that that is the source of acid gas for future injection. Comments please!