Eagle Ford Well Blowout Near Petersville - EOG & Nabors

Eagle Ford Well Blowout Near Petersville
Eagle Ford Well Blowout Near Petersville

A rig owned by Nabors was working on a horizontal Eagle Ford well for EOG Resources when well control was lost and the well blew out around 7 pm Wednesday. DrillingAhead reported comments that Halliburton employees were onsite at the time of the blow out as well.

The well is located just off State HWY 111 and FM 966 near Petersville, TX, south of Shiner and west of Yoakum in Lavaca County.

All workers have been accounted for and no injuries were reported.

Wild Well Control was called in to bring the well under control. The fire will likely burn for several days and it is too early to know the cause of the blowout. EOG did issue a statement:

EOG is assembling well-control experts and specialized equipment to safely control the well and extinguish the fire,” Leonard, an EOG representative, said. “The company’s priorities remain constant: protect the safety of those responding to the incident, neighbors in the area and the environment.

If you have more information or photos from the well blow out, please share in the comments below or email them to rtdukes at eaglefordshale.com

Karnes County Well Fire Starts During a Hot Oil Treatment

A Karnes County fire broke out Thursday September 22, 2011, during maintenence of a 60 year old producing well operated by Amerril Energy. The fire was first reported as a rig explosion, but as details emerged it was evident the fire was started during a hot oil treatment of an existing well by Texas Hot Oilers out of Giddings. Hot oil treatments are used to clear paraffins out of a well. The paraffins (wax) can hinder production flows or block rod pumps from operating effectively. It has been reported the oil backed up and caught fire where propane was being used as the heat source. Flames stretched five to six stories into the air shortly after the explosion. Two members of the crew were taken to the hospital and one has already been released. The other is expected to make a full recovery.

“When I walked out of the courthouse in Karnes City, I could see the black smoke, and that’s a good 16 to 17 miles away,” said Karnes County Sheriff David Jalufka.

The sheriff and firefighters from two different jurisdictions responded, as the smoke was carried by 50-foot flames atop an oil well of FM 887 and County Road 229.