Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Chesapeake gas well failure prompts evacuation near Douglas

Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy well site in Bradford County on Friday, April 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)

GLENROCK, WY — “Several dozen residents near Douglas have evacuated because of a problem at a natural gas well.

The Glenrock Bird reported that large amounts of gas were coming out of the ground on Tuesday night but it wasn’t immediately clear what happened.

The owner of the well, Chesapeake Energy, said there was a “well control incident” but hasn’t released any details yet.

A Converse County sheriff’s dispatcher said residents of a subdivision were told about the problem Tuesday and given the option to stay or evacuate.

KCWY-TV reports that over 50 of the nearly 400 residents left their homes. Residents told the station that the sound of escaping gas could be heard six miles away.”

Associated Press

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