Well blowout north of Fort St John. If no threat to the public, why was the area evacuated and road block installed? Second well blow-out at Saguaro Resources facility in less than a year

Mechanical failure suspected cause of well blowout by Alaska Highway News, September, 5, 2019

A mechanical failure is the suspected cause of a blowout at a Saguaro Resources well site north of Fort St. John earlier this week.

Personnel have secured the well and stopped the gas release, and the emergency was stood down around 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, the company said.

“The believed cause of the incident was a mechanical failure on/near the wellhead equipment,” the company said Thursday morning. “Investigations into the root cause will follow.”

The blowout happened Sunday, Sept. 1, around 11:10 a.m. at Laprise Creek, around 125 kilometres northwest of the city. There were no injuries or damage to equipment.

The Oil and Gas Commission is also investigating.

“Company personnel activated the ERP and implemented emergency response procedures to protect the public, our workers and the environment,” Sagauro said.

“Company personnel have been in direct contact with the BC Oil and Gas Commission throughout the duration the incident. The emergency was contained on lease at all times.”

Saguaro was in the final stages of running casing on the well when the event happened. The well is now fully drilled and waiting on completions, the company said.

Saguaro Resources Inc has contained well-site blow out by Tracy Teves, September 5, 2019, energetic city
Saguaro Resources Inc updated the well-site blow out incident was brought under control September 4th, 2019 at around 9:45 pm and the emergency was stood down.

Released by Stacy Knull, Chief Executive Officer of Saguaro shared, at 11:10 am on September 1, 2019, an uncontrolled release of sweet gas occurred at Saguaro’s d-56-E/94-H-05 well-site, located approximately 125 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John, British Columbia. …

Well blow-out north of Fort St. John by Adam Reaburn, September 1, 2019, Energeticcity.ca

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There has been a well blow-out near Laprise Creek north of Fort St. John.

The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission says the incident has caused the area to be evacuated and a roadblock into the area has been put into place. The well was operating on a lease owned by Saguaro Resources and Ensign drilling rig 444 was working in the area. The Laprise Creek area is located east of Sikanni Chief.

At this time, there is no risk to the public, according to a tweet from the BC OGC.

There are no reports of any injuries and an inspector from the OGC is on route.

This is the second well blow-out at a Saguaro Resources facility in less than a year. The incident occurred at 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2018 and there were no injuries at the site approximately 180 kms north of Fort St. John.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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