An Eagle Ford oil well exploded Tuesday afternoon and forced the evacuation of several nearby homes.
The well, operated by Enaca Corp was located off of FM 792 about four miles east of Karnes City, TX. Karnes County, Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva said the well pump that exploded was shut off but hydrogen sulfide gas still escaped. No one was reported injured.
The latest update on Wednesday at 3pm was that the flow of gas has been slowed and the company was working to shut it down completely.
An Encana spokesman affirmed “that the company is providing accommodation and incidental expenses to evacuated residents until the well is shut down and Encana and the Karnes County Sherriff’s Department determine it’s safe for them to return to their homes.”
At approximately 3:30 p.m. CST on May 19, 2015 Encana experienced a well control situation at the Dromgoole 8BH well located near the intersection of Highway 792 and Highway 343 approximately 4 miles east of central Karnes City, Texas.
No injuries have been reported from the location. We immediately activated our emergency response plan. As a precaution, neighbors living in the immediate area were evacuated. Local authorities are on location.
We are monitoring for the presence of H2S. Our main priority is to ensure the safety of our staff and community. We will continue to monitor the area.
We are working to shut down well and will provide additional information as it becomes available. The cause is not known at this time.
We will work to determine the exact cause and will conduct a comprehensive review into what occurred.