Eagleridge Operating holds permits to convert more old, vertical wells in Denton to horizontal wells.
On April 19, 2013, Eagleridge had an accident while they were trying to convert a 10-year-old well, API #42-121-31855, with 10-year-old casing from a vertical well to a horizontal well.
This accident included Hazmat units, closed streets, canceled or rerouted flights, evacuated neighbors and a huge toxic release that lasted about 12 hours. Released toxics were “conservatively estimated” and based on a 7.5 hour event, not a 12 hour event. Toxics included:
Contaminant Authorization Limit Amount Released
Benzene 106.4 10.0 TONS/YR 59.61 lbs (est.)
Butanes 106.352(l) and 106.4 25.0 TONS/YR 11047.0 lbs (est.)
Pentanes 106.352(l) and 106.4 25.0 TONS/YR 6277.0 lbs (est.)
Propane 106.352(l) and 106.4 25.0 TONS/YR 12556.0 lbs (est.)
One resident shared her story of the experience with the Denton Record Chronicle.
Home video, personal story of Friday’s gas leak
By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe
April 24, 2013
…She had left her daughter and newborn grandchild behind, only to learn later that the fire department came, banging on the door and telling them to leave.
“They told her not to turn on the lights or anything, just grab her purse and go,” Brewer said. “My daughter was so upset that she forgot to buckle the baby’s carrier into the cart seat.”
She shared her home video.
There are two emission sources in the video. Are we supposed to multiply the “conservatively estimated” emissions by two?
Today, the city issued a press statement that reassured residents all is well.
For precautionary purposes only, the residential homesteads surrounding the gas well were evacuated until the capping operation was complete.
The gas well has been successfully capped and the situation is fully under control.
A quick check on the Railroad Commission of Texas website shows that Eagleridge plans to strike again in Denton. See the map below that shows some of the permitted locations where Eagleridge plans to convert old, vertical wells to horizontal wells.