Sometimes picture proof is all you need. Check out this photo by David Minton of the Eagle Ridge Operating LLC well in Denton spewing fracking fluid and gas into the air. This is not a picture of something leaking, it is a picture of something shooting into the air or spewing maybe but not leaking. It looks a lot like a blowout.
Note that Eagle Ridge did not get to the scene for 2 hours. Then it took them 2 hours and 40 minutes to contain the accident. So if there is an accident at one of the gas wells near your home, just hang on, for hours and hours…
We still don’t know what happened at this site. This is an old well that has changed operators.
Remember, wells are not inspected, violations are not enforced and fines are not enough to deter repeat offenders. As all these wells in the Barnett Shale age, expect more accidents like this one. We need public service announcements that tell people to have emergency bags packed if you live by Barnett Shale wells because you may need to flee from your home any time day or night.
UPDATE: I do not see any evidence that this had anything to do with an ongoing frack job or flowback operations as some have said. It looks like a workover rig is up. From the news yesterday it said residents saw what looked to them like water vapor spewing into the air the night before. If they were in the flowback process as some have suggested, I think there would have been workers or a worker on the site…unless Eagle Ridge can’t afford to pay a crew. The story yesterday says a pipe came loose.
Why don’t we know what was going on here? Wouldn’t the Denton Gas Well Administrator Darren Groth know if there was a frack job or workover taking place? Did anyone ask him?