Big blast just a small matter |

Big blast just a small matter

Garfield County gas auditor Doug Dennison said a planned blasting at an EnCana natural gas pad construction site south of Silt Tuesday was a result of common construction activity.What was unusual about the blast was that the explosion could reportedly be heard and even felt up to seven miles away.”It was really a nonevent, but anything that goes ‘boom’ puts people on edge,” Dennison said.EnCana spokesman Walt Lowry said blasting rock is typical procedure when clearing a site for a new well pad. He said before the company is going to blast, it contacts all neighbors within at least a half-mile radius to alert them of the activity. Crews used dynamite to clear underground rock for a reserve pit being excavated for future drilling operations at a well pad site at Jenkins Cutoff between Mamm Creek and Dry Hollow roads. Lowry said an internal investigation into the blast is continuing but believes that the intensity of the explosion could have been a result of the weather – low clouds and high humidity – on Tuesday.”A year and a half ago, we did the same thing about a half a mile closer to Silt using 80 percent more explosives and we didn’t get one phone call,” he said. Dennison said a headline that appeared in Grand Junction’s Daily Sentinel – “Silt residents rattled by EnCana gas well’s planned explosion” – was “misleading.””It had nothing to do with a well exploding,” he said. “It was construction activity typical in the gas and oil industry.”Contact Carrie Click: 625-3245, ext.

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