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Gas Never Leaks Into Water Wells... and I Have Swampland to sell you-Angelina County, Texas

12 May 2007 at 11:17:54 PM

Here you have a water well that had GAS in it, and residents had to be evacuated.

 Pineywoods Groundwater Conservation District general manager David Alford had nothing to report to the board regarding the status of gas found in an Angelina County well that led to overnight evacuation of nearby residents earlier this year.

Board members, who met for the first time Thursday after skipping their April meeting, failed to discuss the status of the Redland water well which was presented at their March meeting as an immediate situation in dire need of investigation by both Alford and a professional driller.

"All you need is a spark," Travis Russell, president of Russell Drilling Co. Inc., had told board members, whom he also advised to "find out all you can about it, and then get it where you can get it under control. ... If something ignites it, it's going to burn. So it's a pretty good hazard to me."

Leery of assuming any liability in the situation, the board decided to "encourage" Redland Water Supply to investigate the well for the source of the gas, identified as 45 percent methane.

So what happens if Redland Water Supply isn't *encouraged* enough to do it?

Russell told Pineywoods Groundwater Conservation District board members that the gas might be entering the well through a formation in the aquifer beneath the well due to oil and gas activity, or through a pinhole discovered in the casing in early 1990s.

"We found a sizeable hole in the casing at 757 feet," he said, attributing the gas to hole discovered a decade ago. "The lower part of the well was filled up with sediment. We think that with continuous pumping, the formation was was dewatered enough to let in quite a bit more gas."

Gas was discovered in the 1,149-feet deep well, drilled in 1969, in late February after drillers attempted to replace a burned-out pump only to witness an hour-long geyser of gas emitted after installing the new pump. Adjacent residents were evacuated from their homes overnight by the Rivercrest-Redland Volunteer Fire Department.

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