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Flames Continue From Meridian Well

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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