Drill rig spews natural gas after blowup near Rifle | PostIndependent.com

Drill rig spews natural gas after blowup near Rifle

RIFLE, Colorado ” Natural gas continued to spray out of a well about 2 miles from the Garfield County Regional Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

Kevin Kilstrom, vice president of production for Antero Resources, said the natural gas began escaping from the well near County Road 346 about noon Tuesday.

Some water was also released, but was being retained by a nearby berm, he said.

“The gas is still flowing and the fluids are still flowing from the well,” he said about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Well control experts from Houston are expected to arrive at the out-of-control well to help resolve the situation, Kilstrom said. There have been no injuries, he said.

“We are monitoring gas all around the location,” he said. “There are no flammable gases escaping the edges of the location.”

There are about nine to 10 neighbors who live about 900 feet from the wellpad.

All the residents who were in the area late Tuesday were notified of the incident, he said.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User