UPDATE: City of Arlington crews, gas well operator Vantage Energy and Boots and Coots, a well control company, worked through the night to resolve a gas well mishap in southwest Arlington.
Boots & Coots attempted to replug the gas well at 4 a.m., but was unsuccessful, the city of Arlington said on its website. “Boots and Coots will be bringing in additional resources to replace the gas wellhead as quickly and safely as possible,” the city said. “While there has been no gas released to this point, the possibility exist that a release could occur. All citizens are asked to stay away from the area impacted by this gas well incident.”
The incident involved “flow back of pressurized fracking water” at the well site along Little Road, according to officials.
Crews were to initiate a new well control effort at 8 a.m., according to the city.
Current limited evacuation plans for residents on Oak Bourne Drive, Englishtown Drive, Willowdale Drive and Jewell Drive remain in effect. The city said it would provide regular updates on social media.
The city also said Lake Arlington Baptist Church would be conducting Sunday services at Martin High School Auditorium.
The original story appears below:
ARLINGTON The Fire Department evacuated 13 residences as a precaution Saturday night near a gas well site along Little Road.
The evacuation was deemed necessary after the well site, run by Vantage Energy, had an issue “that resulted in flow back of pressurized fracking water” at just before 3 p.m. Saturday, officials said.
At 8 p.m. Vantage Energy tried to control the well by injecting mud; when that did not work, the well-control company Boots and Coots was called.
Assistant Fire Chief Jim Self said that there were no harmful levels of natural gas in the area and that the evacuation was a precautionary measure.
He said if the well cannot be stopped, there is a chance that natural gas could leak.
It was not known how long residents might be kept from their homes, he said.
As of 9:50 p.m. there were about about two dozen people working at the site and about 40 firefighters on standby.
Self said that many of those living adjacent to the pad site are either spending the night with friends or family or at a hotel but that there is a shelter set up at Grace Community Church, 801 Bardin Road.
The city also has its Action Center phone line activated at 817-459-6777.
This is the first time this type of incident has happened in Arlington, Self said.
The Fire Department and the city said they would provide regular updates on social media until the situation is resolved.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770