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Drill rig spews natural gas after blowup near Rifle

Post Independent Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colo. ” Natural gas spewed from a well about 2 miles away from the Garfield County Regional Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

Kevin Kilstrom, vice president of production for Antero Resources, said the natural gas began escaping from the well near County Road 346 at about noon Tuesday.

Some water was also released, but was being retained by a nearby berm, he said.

“The gas is still flowing and the fluids are still flowing from the well,” he said at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Well-control experts from Houston were expected to arrive at the out-of-control well to help resolve the situation, Kilstrom said. There were no injuries, he said.

“We are monitoring gas all around the location,” he said. “There are no flammable gases escaping the edges of the location.”

There are about nine to 10 neighbors who live some 900 feet from the wellpad.

All the residents who were in the area late Tuesday were notified of the incident, he said.

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