Flames Continue From Meridian Well
The Meridian Resource Corp. said flames still are shooting 150
feet in the air from its Thibodaux No. 2 well near Amelia, LA, six
days after the well was struck by lightening. The well was
scheduled to begin production in July with about 18 MMcf/d of gas
and 1,800 b/d of condensate.
The company is attempting to dredge around the perimeter of the
well to allow access for firefighting barges to get closer so more
water can be sprayed on the fire. An additional 3-4 days of
dredging is expected, the company said yesterday. Once the dredging
and wellhead inspection are complete, well control specialists can
determine the best and safest method to extinguish the fire and cap
the well. Meridian also is dredging a site for a relief well 2,500
feet away from the burning well. The relief well could take 45 days
to drill to a depth of 18,000 feet but should diminish or
extinguish the fire, Meridian said.
No injuries have occurred, but as a safety precaution, St. Mary
Parish Emergency Preparedness officials evacuated 33 residents from
nearby Avoca Island last Friday. Those eleven families continue to
receive free hotel rooms, meals, laundry service and other living
expenses, Meridian said.
A company spokesman said Meridian is not expecting a loss from
the incident because it is fully insured.
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