Texas Brine moves forward with flaring off natural gas

Texas Brine moves forward with flaring off natural gas

POSTED: Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 6:04pm

The Texas Brine Company continues with it's clean up efforts surrounding a massive sinkhole and natural gas bubbling in Assumption Parish.

In a statement company officials said "A portion of the water that had accumulated in the casing of the shallow aquifer relief well was removed late Thursday and the well began to vent some natural gas from the aquifer to the wellhead.

"The vent flow was stopped overnight and reached a modest 30 psi at the wellhead. This (Friday) morning piping was connected to the wellhead and the natural gas is being
flared through a temporary system. Plans are to flare natural gas from the relief well over the weekend during daytime hours.

"Next week, additional water will be removed from the casing to allow greater natural gas flow. In addition, a more permanent flaring system will be installed to allow more continuous venting."

They went on to say, "Gas bubbling activity in the center of the sinkhole
has reduced significantly following the sloughing event late Tuesday.
Results from the sinkhole depth survey taken on October 30 indicate the
maximum sinkhole depth is now at 170 feet versus 445 feet on October 4. A
repeat sinkhole depth survey was conducted Thursday with results expected
early next week."

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