Texas Brine reached top of brine cavern preparing to begin testing

Texas Brine reached top of brine cavern preparing to begin testing

POSTED: Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 7:34pm

 At 8:05 p.m. Saturday evening, the drilling of the Observation Well reached and penetrated plugged brine cavern #3. Drilling continued into the cavern where neither gas pressure nor brine pressure was initially observed. Approximately an hour and a half later, moderate gas pressure in the range of 800-900 psi appeared at the wellhead along with what appears to be liquid hydrocarbon material. Subsequently, the gas was flared off through the night and liquids collected. Samples of both the gas and liquids have been taken for analysis.

Diagnostic procedures are commencing immediately to gather more information on the cavern conditions. Results from this diagnostic work should be available within the next 48 to 72 hours.

There has been no additional sloughing of the edges of the sinkhole. Experts are trying to determine how much more sloughing of the saturated earthen material on the sinkhole perimeter can be expected. There has been no additional sloughing of the edges of the sinkhole. Experts are trying to determine how much more sloughing of the saturated earthen material on the sinkhole perimeter can be expected.

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