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 Company releases statement after evacuees are allowed to return home
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5 months ago

Company releases statement after evacuees are allowed to return home

Black Creek Drilling has released a statement after residents are allowed to return to their homes. 40 Acadia Parish residents were evacuated from their home following a natural gas well blow-out on February 25, 2014.

Statement from Black Creek Drilling:

This afternoon, we received word that the well had been secured to a level that has provided for the return of the displaced residents to their homes, opening of the roads, and all other routines returning to normal.

· We regret the inconvenience related to this unfortunate, unforeseeable event and we will continue our communication with all interested parties related to any outstanding issues.

· We sincerely thank the specialists at Wild Well Control for their assistance and for the extraordinary performance and cooperation demonstrated by our local and state authorities.

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5 months ago

LSP: Well is capped, residents to be accompanied home by DEQ

Louisiana State Police have announced that the Black Creek Drilling well near Mowata, La., "has been capped" shortly before noon Thursday and that "residents will be allowed back to their homes."

All residents are expected to meet at the fire station for further instruction. Trooper and LSP spokesperson Stephen Hammons said that "someone from DEQ will accompany them to their houses to check air quality."

"We need them to meet at 600 Sittig Rd. in Eunice at 2:30 p.m.," said Hammons. "Shortly after 2:30 p.m., the roadways in the area will be open."

LSP made the announcement that evacuees have been awaiting since Feb. 25, when residents within a mile-and-a-half radius were given the order to evacuate.

State troopers said that evacuees must follow procedure in order to be allowed back into their homes.

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5 months ago

Update: Well no longer flowing following blow-out in Acadia Parish

It's been nearly nine days since 40 Acadia Parish residents were evacuated from their home following a well blow-out. State Police say they don't have an estimated time on when they will be allowed to return home, but crews are continuing to work at the site.

Representatives from Black Creek Drilling say they've met personally with all the evacuated residents to make sure they had somewhere to stay. In some cases they arranged for hotel rooms; they also say they gave residents pre-paid debit cards to take care of out-of-pocket expenses they had because of the evacuation. Company officials also say they've ensured all of them they will reimburse them any additional money they have had to spend as a result of the evacuation. We're told land owners are allowed back in their home twice a day, escorted by Acadia Parish Sheriff's deputies.

As of Saturday evening, the well is no longer actively flowing, however the process of safely containing the well continues. Company officials tell us because of the potential risk to Wild Well Control personnel working on the well, it continues to be a very deliberate and methodical process. The cleanup process is already underway, including the vacuuming and removal of all fluids.

Company officials say no salt water contamination has been detected, and a third-party continuous to monitor the air. They say there has been no unsafe levels of gases as a result of the blow-out.

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6 months ago

Police to escort Acadia evacuees to homes beginning tonight

Acadia Parish residents evacuated following Tuesday's gas well blowout will be allowed to go home to gather essential items beginning this evening.

Residents living in the affected area will be allowed into the evacuation zone from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Residents will also be allowed into the area daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the remainder of the evacuation from

Evacuees who need to go home must report during those hours to the Eunice Fire Department #3 on Sittig Road. Residents will be required to show officials a photo ID with an address verifying their residence. Sheriff's deputies will then escort residents back to their homes.

Anyone with any questions about this process should call the Acadia Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness at 337-783-3457. After hours calls can be directed to the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-788-8772.

Crews began the staging process to begin capping the well. However, state troopers say the process is expected to be a prolonged event. No timetable has been set for when the well will be capped or when the evacuation will be lifted.

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6 months ago

Officials: Well capping to be "prolonged event"

Well control crews have arrived at the scene of a natural gas well blowout in Acadia Parish.

According to Louisiana State Police, Wild Well Control has begun their staging and preparatory efforts in anticipation of capping the well. Troopers say this process is expected to last into the weekend.

Officials say they still do not know how long it will take to close off the well. They do say, however, that this process is expected to be a prolonged event.

The residents who have been evacuated from their homes because of the blowout will be allowed to return to gather essential items. State troopers will release more information later today about when that process will take place and where the meeting point for that operation will be.

No timetable has been set to reopen the evacuated area. Troopers say those residents should anticipate being away from their homes for the next several days.

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6 months ago

Update: Detour Route from Crowley due to Well Blowout

This is the current detour route from the Louisiana State Troopers. They are diverting traffic along with the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office due to the natural gas/oil well blowout located at LA 13 south of Eunice in Acadia Parish.
Troopers say for those traveling from Crowley north to Eunice take:

LA 365 to LA 367
LA367 to US190
US 190 to LA13

If the travel is from Eunice to Crowley, reverse those directions. There is still NO time estimate on when the roads will reopen.

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6 months ago

LSP working Black Creek Well Blowout in Acadia Parish

Troop I is currently working a natural gas/ oil well blowout located at LA 13 south of Eunice in Acadia Parish. Troopers are assisting the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office with diverting traffic at LA 13 and LA 370. Troop I has been advised that an evacuation of nearby residences and businesses approximately 1 ½ miles from the site is currently being conducted. A total of 12 homes were evacuated.

Troopers verify that employees with Black Creek Drilling were "drilling a natural gas well when they lost pressure. As a result, there was a well blowout. As a precaution, Louisiana State Police Hazmat, fire departments from Acadia Parish, Louisiana DEQ, and the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office are working to evacuate the area."

Officials from "Wild Well Control" were in route from Texas. According to their website, they provide well control and emergency response. The company says they are the primary responder to more than 80 percent of all well blowouts globally. However, in the meantime, Hammons says "we are continuing to monitor air, and we'll provide assessment as new details come forward".

The detour route is as follows:
If you are traveling from the Crowley area, north to the Eunice area, you should take LA 13 to LA 370, LA 370 to LA 368, LA 368 to LA 755.
If you are traveling from the Eunice area, south to the Crowley area, you should reverse those directions.
Students who attend LSUE are being advised to used these detour routes.
There is no estimate on when the roadway will be reopened.

There are no reported injuries at this time.

Cleco officials tells us, as a precaution, they are undergoing a controlled shut down of the power plant near the site of the well blow out. They do not expect any power outages because of the shut down. All personnel on site will remain there until if/when they are told they must evacuate.

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6 months ago

Update: 12 homes evacuated in Acadia Parish

Twelve homes have been evacuated following what deputies are calling a "well blowout" in Acadia Parish. Troopers say approximately thirty people are affected and one and a half mile radius around Highway 13 and Tiger Lane is being evacuated. Highway 13 between Tiger Lane and Branch Hwy (Hwy 370) is also being shut down.

Cleco officials tells us, as a precaution, they are undergoing a controlled shut down of the power plant near the site of the well blow out. They do not expect any power outages because of the shut down. All personnel on site will remain there until if/when they are told they must evacuate.

Mack Atteberry, whose family runs a rice farm less than one-quarter mile away, described what he heard as a "loud, continuous roar" and that he and his wife have been evacuated to Eunice. Before evacuating, Atteberry indicated that he was able to speak to rig workers about what had occurred.

"The well was blowing through the drill pipes and through the kelly and back through the mud pumps," said Atteberry of his conversation with rig employees.

Long-time resident of the area and taxidermist, Ben Bischoff, expressed concern about the nearby electrical power plant, he says, is less than a half a mile away from the location of what he described as a "well blowout."

"What you are worried about is a spark and a fire. You could see a lot of steam and a lot of smoke coming from the oil well," Bischoff said."It was extremely loud. I could see it. What's happening is millions of pounds of gas are blowing through the casing of the drill."

Bischoff also indicated that he was concerned that an explosion "may melt the well."

"You could see a lot of steam and a lot of smoke coming from the oil well," Bischoff added. Bishcoff said his family has lived in the area for more than 80 years.

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6 months ago

Evacuation in Acadia Parish due to "well blowout"

In Acadia Parish, deputies are now calling the situation a "well blowout". Residents living within a mile and half of Hwy 13 near Buckhorn need to evacuate due to natural gas leak. Hwy 13 between Tiger Lane and Branch Hwy (Hwy 370) is also being shut down.

A Louisiana State Police(LSP) HazMat team is on the scene and officials are assessing the situation. State troopers report that it has taken the lead role in this incident and that further details are forthcoming.

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