Another Silt well befouled by gas
Water from a domestic well located on property owned by EnCana Oil and Gas was found last week to be contaminated with gas that may be linked to the company’s drilling, according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.The contaminated well is located on 6500 Road, about four miles off of Dry Hollow Road south of Silt, said EnCana’s Sher Long.COGCC field representative Jamie Adkins issued a notice Friday stating that gas was detected in the well, Garfield County oil and gas auditor Doug Dennison said.EnCana staff last week contacted property owners living near the well to alert them of the discovery. Neighbors also learned that EnCana would bring in a completion rig to run further tests on the water to determine how the gas reached the domestic well.Dennison said it’s not been determined if the contamination is linked to a nearby gas seep that occurred last spring. EnCana was fined $371,000 by the state for that violation. EnCana officials in Rifle and Denver said they were unable to comment about the latest contamination.Adkins said two other gas wells in the area operated by EnCana – the Schwartz and Brown wells – are showing elevated pressures, or what Dennison called a “bradenhead build-up,” which indicates a gas seep may occur. Adkins was “uncomfortable” with the readings, and is in the process of testing and analyzing his results, Dennison said. “It’s a preventative measure at this point,” he said.Dennison said he knows news of contaminated water and elevated gas well pressures can cause concern, but warned against jumping to conclusions before all the data is in.”On all three instances, we really don’t have enough data to draw any conclusions,” Dennison said. “I hope people will allow time for that information to come in.”However, he did say potential gas seepage problems are not typical within the industry.”We find methane leaks, which are not unusual, but it’s fairly unusual” to receive this many reports of potential natural gas leaks occurring within a drilling zone, said Dennison.
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