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Update: Encana workers secure blown Karnes County gas well

Update: Encana workers secure blown Karnes County gas well
GOOGLE This map shows the approximate location of a blown natural gas well on F.M. 792 near its intersection with C.R. 343 in Karnes County. F.M. 792 between F.M. 719 and S.H. 80 (highlighted in red) remains closed. Officials suggest northbound motorists should travel S.H. 123 to S.H. 80 (highlighted in green) as a detour.

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Wilson County News
May 21, 2015,

(Revised May 21, 2015, 1:25 p.m.)
An Encana spokesman said that at approximately 7:35 a.m., "well control specialists successfully secured Encana’s Dromgoole B 8H well located near the intersection of Highway 792 and Highway 343 approximately 4 miles east of central Karnes City, Texas."

Crews now are assessing the impact to nearby property and are establishing a timeline for evacuated residents to safely return to their homes.

(Update May 20, 2015, 5:35 p.m.): An Encana spokesman said that "at approximately 3:00 p.m., well control specialists successfully slowed the flow from Encana’s Dromgoole B 8H well. This work will continue until the well is effectively shut down. Encana continues to closely monitor air quality around the site and in the area and has not detected sour gas."

"Encana is providing accommodation and incidental expenses to evacuated residents until the well is shut down and Encana and the Karnes County Sherriff’s Department determine it's safe for them to return to their homes."

(original post, May 20, 2015, 1:11pm)
Residents of “roughly 15 to 20 homes” in Karnes County still are unable to return, said Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva May 20, nearly one day after a natural gas well blew out on F.M. 792 near its intersection with C.R. 343 between Kenedy and Helena. Displaced residents were lodged overnight at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in nearby Karnes City.

The sheriff also said F.M. 792 remains closed between S.H. 80 and F.M. 719. He suggested motorists headed north on S.H. 80 should access the roadway via S.H. 123. Those headed south should take U.S. 181.

A spokesman for Encana -- the well’s operator -- the cause of the incident that occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. May 19 remains under investigation. Company officials have taken appropriate precautions and are attempting to shut down the well at this time.

Villanueva said personnel from the Karnes County Sheriff’s Office and the Kenedy and Karnes City volunteer fire departments have been on the scene since yesterday at 4 p.m.

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May 22, 2015 1:48pm
Thanks for keeping us informed

William J. Gibbs Jr.  
May 20, 2015 1:12pm
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