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Blowouts and Well Control Problems

All Blowouts 2006-2010

2011-2015  |   2006-2010  |   2000-2005  |   1996-2000  |   1990-1995  |   1980-1989  |   Prior to 1980

Updated: 09/19/11
Dist Date Operator Lease/Facility Name Lease/ID Permit # Well # Field Name County Fire H2S Injuries Deaths Remarks
05 12/8/2010 XTO Energy Elvin Barnett   697695 9 Bald Prairie Robertson N N 0 0 Well kicked during drilling. Closed BOPs but they did not hold.
7C 12/3/2010 COG Operating Ellie Lease 16859   1415   Upton Y N 1 0 Gas kicked and ignited, injuring one man.
01 11/14/2010 Virtex Operating Company, Inc. Charles A. Beaver, Sr. 11432   1 Uknown Frio N Y 0 0 Virtex was drilling new well about 50 +/- feet away from old well and old well blew out. CR 1581 closed.
08 11/9/2010 Kinder Morgan Production Co LLC Yates Fiedl Unit 24061   21C28 Yates Pecos N Y 0 0 All county road and lease roads leading to the well area were blocked off. Well kicked while being converted from production to C02 injection well. Operator pumped rubber into well in order to plug leaking BOP and then regained control of well.
8A 11/10/2010 Occidental Permian Denver Unit 18910   2505W Wasson Yoakum N N 0 0 A well runner was making an attempt to close off tubing valve after a needle valve had broken off. New valve connection was placed at the top of wellhead to regain control.
08 11/10/2010 Apache Corporation East Mallett Unit 15298   14 Slaughter Cochran N Y 0 0 Well kicked when pulling out tubing. Able to gain control of well by pumping mud and with Blowout preventer.
08 9/29/2010 Occidental Permian LTD Levelland Unit 03780   853 Levellalnd Hockley N N 0 0 Replacing packing when well blew out. Well pressured up and blew the packing rubbers.
08 9/22/2010 Kinder Morgan Production Co. LLC Sacroc Unit 03137   257-04 Kelly Snyder Scurry N N 0 0 Hole in the surface casing. (Well was being used as a disposal well.
03 9/22/2010 Unit Petroleum Company Blackstone- Duff gas unit 193840   1 Villiage Mills Deep (WX Cons.) Hardin N N 0 0 Workover operations were finished at 5:00 pm and well appeared to be stable. At around 8:00 a homeowner in the area called in the blowout.
09 6/17/2010 Wilcox Johnson, LK   692937 302 Wildcat (4999) Foard N N 0 0 Operator perforated hole w/ water @ 3,472' and gas came in, operator was expecting oil from the zone.Well was shut-in with BOP.
02 5/21/2010 XTO Energy Sibley Estate   177228 8 Wildcat Lavaca N N 0 0 After drilling out the plug the well came in blowing gas over the derrick crown. The BOPs were shut in but failed.
01 5/17/2010 Anamdarko E&P Co. LP Tovar West-Lloyd   693949 1H Brisco Ranch (Eagleford) Maverick N N 0 0 While pulling out 2 joints the well came in and unloaded.
04 5/5/2010 Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation La Pita   692752 2 Wildcat Cameron N N 0 0 When pipe was cut well began flowing and BOPs failed to close.
02 4/2/2010 Lavaca River Operating Co. LLC Reid   689970 1 Wildcat Lavaca N N 0 0 Operator was tripping the drill pipe and gas began to kick.
08 4/8/2010 XTO Energy, Inc. University Blk. 9 15046   2H University Blk. 9 Wolfcamp/Unit Andrews N N 0 0 Packer got stuck in BOP.
08 4/27/2010 Sandrige Expl. And Prod., LLC Allison   691225 3034 Pinon (Overthrust) Pecos N N 0 0 Controlled release afer well took a kick while drilling.
7B 4/12/2010 Burlington Resources O&G CO., LP. EW Lease   668669 1CD Palo Pinto Co. Reg. (Gas) Palo Pinto N N 0 0 The well took a kick while plugging.
08 3/20/2010 Element Petroleum Operating Barnes 3   688196 1 Spraberry (Trend Area) Howard N N 0 0 Well began to blow while logging the well.
04 11/24/2009 Triad Energy Corp. Seeligson Unit 087684   1 Seeligson (Combined Zones) Jim Wells N N 0 0 Well was assumed dead the BOP was removed. Well pressured up and the blowout began.
06 10/26/2009 XTO Energy INC. New Horizons   673033   Carthage, North (Bossier Shale) Panola N N 0 0 Leaking packer was being snubbed out of the well when the tubing parted and well blew out.
05 9/14/2009 Encana Mercer Ranch Lease   667560 406 H Newark, East (Barnett Shale) Tarrant N N 0 0 Pumper reported the well was spewing gas between the master valve and the surface casing flange.
03 8/18/2009 LGDC Corp. Dompier-Nix 212749   1 Richmond Ranch (Vicksberg) Fort Bend N N 0 0 Operations were underway to fish a packer at 5785' and while tripping out of the hole, the well cam to.
03 8/27/2009 DCP Austin Gathering Pipeline Gathering       Giddings (Austin Chalk) Lee Y N 0 0 Pipeline Ruptured without external impact. Line was shut in and fire burned itself out.
08 8/12/2009 Chesapeake Operating, Inc. TXL -B- 11858   5 Slator (San Andres) Ector N N 0 0 Loss of well control after frac job.
05 8/8/2009 Quicksilver Resources INC. Alliance "L" Pad   662308 3H Alliance "L" Pad Tarrant N N 0 0 During drill out operations they suspect the tubing split and blowout occurred through casing.
02 7/6/2009 Dewbre Petroleum Corp Charles 186977   1 Sartwelle, West (Yegua 5600) Lavaca N N 1 0 Removing existing wellhead and the well began to flow dry gas and produced water.
05 7/1/2009 XTO Energy Weatherby Unit   657907 3H Newark, East (Barnett Shale) Johnson N N 0 0 Going into circulate clean when they hit a perf and the tubing failed. 12 residents evacuated and public roads to the lease closed.
8A 6/11/2009 Kinder Morgan Production Co LLC Sacroc Unit 03137   260-04 Kelly-Snyder Scurry N Y 0 0 5-6 homes evacuated as a precaution. Well was leaking from brandenhead or/the casing annulus. H2S was monitored the entire time.
05 4/23/2009 Encanca Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. DCR   641830 1 Wildcat Robertson N Y 0 1 Rig was on well pulling coiled tubing after clean out job; tubing became stuck and well started flowing. Injured person passed away at later time.
03 4/16/2009 The Daniels Corporation McCracken, Catherine 14765   1A Lake Houston, (Cockfield) Harris N N 0 0 Casing valve leaking. Near subdivision and strip mall. Kohl's and Target were shut down. Well was on orphaned well list to plug with state funded plugging.
03 3/30/2009 Exxcel Operating Company Nortington 118618   1 Bernard W. Wharton N N 0 0 Casing valve cut out while bleeding off the pressure from the production casing.
03 2/5/2009 Krescent Energy Company Quinn   666332 3H Wildcat Tyler N N/A 0 0  
04 2/9/2009 Del Mar Exploration Company Perkins-Lagasse   674612 1 Saxet Field Nueces N N 0 0 Well kicked when operator was entering hole with 2 joints of drill pipe. Considered a short duration blowout; loss of 30bbls.
10 1/9/2009 Mewbourne oil company Leslie Webb Et Al   673919 1893 Wildcat, Mendota Ranch Hemphill Y N N N Blowout occurred during a bit change tip.
8A 12/2/2008 Kinder Morgan Production Co. LLC Sarco Unit 03137   177-04 Kelly-Snyder Scurry N Y 0 0  
03 11/14/2008 Kimgwood Exploration Sharpshooter 24891   1 Hastings, East Brazoria N N 0 0 County road 242 closed. Well had a hole in the surface casing and was leaking.
7B 10/9/2008 Culebra Oil & Gas, LLC M. Smith Lease   664518 3   Palo Pinto N N 0 0 Hole developed in flow line from wellhead.
08 10/7/2008 Energen Resources Corp North Westbrook Unit 20831   6857 Westbrook Mitchell N N 1 0 Well was blowing through pit and choke manifold
03 9/23/2008 Fairways Offshore Expl. Inc. State Tract 366-L 135948   1U/L Middle Bank Reef (C-54) Bazoria N N 0 0 Bell nipple failed during nitrogen fracture stimulation
6 9/17/2008 SE Energy, L.L.C. Tenaha SED   665035 1 Tenaha, South(Cotton Valley)field Shelby N N N N Operator was having problems with well; controlling it with 12.3 ppm mud. Closed BOPS and well blewout
5 8/24/2008 Blue Start Operating Co. Rachul, Verna ET Al 163937   1R RachuI (Cotton Valley Lime) Robertson N Y 1 N Person ran over well head, causing blowout
8 8/15/2008 Kinder Morgan Production Co LP (463318) Saroc Unit 03137   91-3 Kelly Snyder Scurry N N N N brandenhead cracked, venting produced water
3 7/22/2008 Holifield Oil Co. Dawsey Lease 18483   1 Giddings Austin Chalk Lee N N N N Landowner clearing land knocked off valve with bulldozer
1 5/8/2008 Express Oil Co. Reyes   658893 1   Dimmit Y N 5 0 well blew out thru the kelly, well was being re-completed
3 4/15/2008 Decker Operating Mary Macha Gas Unit 2 192685   1 Mary Macha (Frio) Wharton N N N N swabbed well in,blew cement out,well shut-in
6 3/7/2008 Hunt Petroleum Corporation Allie Marie Hogg 232684   10 Carthage, North (CV) Panola N N N N valve developed leak
6 2/18/2008 ANADARKO PETROLEUM CORP. Buford and Blow   645056   Oak Hill Gregg Y        
6 1/28/2008 Cabot Oil & Gas Pinkerton   640360 8 Minden Rusk N N N N valve on frac stack failed, 61 people evacuated
3 1/26/2008 CWC OIL AND GAS CO. R M White 109497   28 Anahuac Chambers N N N N venting gas created cloud,sheriff closed Hwy.well shut-in
8 1/2/2008 Petroplex Energy, Inc. Petrey   633216   Mi Vida (Ellen) Reeves N Y N N valve in cellar blew off, plan to try and unstick drill pipe
4 12/16/2007 BRIGHAM OIL & GAS, L.P. Sullivan, D. J.     C-31 Triple Crowne (Vicksburg) Brooks N N N N crew going back into hole with tubing,well begain flowing back at them
8A 11/2/2007 Kinder Morgan Production Co LLC Sacroc Unit 03137   178-01 Kelly-Snyder Scurry N N N 0 bottom valve failed while changing out master valve on tree
3 10/23/2007 Famcor Oil, Inc. Santa Fe #B   645146 2r Kenneth Reiss (Wilcox) Polk N N N 0 casing valve left open, valve cut out and will be replaced
8 10/20/2007 WHITING PETROLEUM CORPORATION G. W. O'Brien 07338 642117 761   Winkler N N 1 0 worker fatally injured by rig equipment
3 10/9/2007 Bomco USA International Disposal 15950   1 Pierce Junction Harris N N N 0 gas blew valve off casing side
6 10/2/2007 Samson Lone Star, LLC J. W. Elliott 015932   1 Chapel Hill (Rodessa) Smith N N N N tubing was cut, gas started flowing up
8 9/24/2007 Petroplex Energy, Inc. Quinn 217188   106H Mi Vida (Fusselman) Reeves N Y N 0 Hole blew
5 8/9/2007 Chesapeake Operating Rock Creek Drilling Permit   623676 E 8H Newark,East (Barnett Shale) Tarrant N N 0 0 connection had a leak and got cut
5 8/9/2007 Encana Oil & gas McLean A No. 2   636556 A2   Robertson Y N 0 0 rig light caused dry gas to catch fire, burning rig
5 8/7/2007 Chesapeake Operating Rock Creek                    
2 7/20/2007 REH, Inc. Fromme Gas Unit #1   642079 1 Powder River (Consolidated) Goliad N N 0 0 production casing started leaking
10 7/17/2007 Chesapeake Operating, Inc. Reed 1   629066 1H   Wheeler N N 0 0 attempting to install blow out preventer, well kicked.
5 6/26/2007 Jerry Hess Operating Callejo "A" 164952   2 Sanford Dvoring (Barnett Shale) Dallas N N 0 0 well took a kick
8A 6/25/2007 Kinder Morgan Production Co. LP Sacroc Unit 03137   36-5 Kelly-Snyder Scurry N N 0 0 contractor broke casing nipple
9 6/12/2007 TELEO     639467 2             well took gas kick
8A 6/14/2007 Kinder Morgan Production Co LP Sacroc Unit 03137   5203 Kelly-Snyder Scurry N N 0 0 operator snagged a valve on the well casing
7C 6/8/2007 Dominion Edwin S. Jr. "U"   634769     Sutton Y N 3 0 kick of gas with condensate
7C 05/17/07 Pioneer Natural Res. USA, Inc. University 1-33   635372 6 Wildcat Reagan N N 0 0  
8 5/16/07 Burlington Res O & G Co-Midland Waddell, W.N. 01224   1262 Dune Crane N Y 0 0 Lost circulation
3 5/6/2007 Merritt Energy Kavanaught & Collins     A3   Polk N N 0 0 gas started to flow from the casing side of the well.
7B 4/25/07 Upham Oil & Gas Company J. Andreatta   636406 2   Palo Pinto N N 0 0 Operator was tripping the drill pipe.
6 4/3/2007 Fossil Resources, Inc. Marvin B. McBride Jr.   623201 1H Kendrick (James) Nacogdoches N N 0 0 port on the wellhead below the bop blewout.
8 3/19/07 Exxon Mobil Means San Andres 17503   3360 Means Andrews N N 0 0 casing disconnected.
5 2/23/2007 Devon Energy Prod Co LP C.E. Neal GU B-1   624747 11-H Nan-Su-Gail Freestone N N 0 0 failure of the well head below the frac valve.
9 2/7/2007 Encana Oil & gas Classic Oak   626935 2H   Johnson N N 0 0 well head equipment failure
2 1/22/2007 Cologne Production Company Schmidt, L.A. "A" 180471   8 Cologne (4950) Victoria Y N 0 0 TBG Parted
5 1/19/2007 Burlington Resources T-Bar-X/Sullivan Gas Unit   623057 2 Wildcat Robertson N N 0 0 removing BOP's
8 1/15/2007 Riata Energy Inc. West Ranch   618128 5043 Pinon (Overthrust) Pecos N N 0 0  
8 1/13/2007 Riata Energy Inc. West Ranch   627479 3309 Algerita (Ouachita Caballos) Pecos N Y 0 0  
6 1/9/2007 Carthage School Carthage High School         Panola N N N N fresh water well at the school blowing natural gas
6 12/7/2006 XTO Energy Pirkle   624618 15 Carthage Panola N N 0 0 drilling break
8A 10/23/2006 Occidental Permian LTD. Willard Unit     80W Wasson Yoakum N N 0 0 well was undergoing a workover and the well came in
3 10/22/2006 Samson Lone Star LP McClintock   624626 1 Wildcat Jefferson N N 0 0  
8 10/5/2006 Chaparral Energy Hacienda State   621372 4-46   Loving N N 0 0 Key Energy truck backed into the well.
8 9/29/2006 LCX Energy, LLC Cowden "B"   617808 2202 Spraberry (Trend Area) Midland Y N 0 0 making a connection and well kicked.
3 9/3/2006 Devon Energy Production Co Burkhart   621007 2 Silverspoon Matagorda N 0 0 0 dresser sleave blew off a flowline
8 8/25/2006 Forest Oil Corporation State 71   616361 1 Wildcat Reeves N 0 0 0 equipment related to the snubbing unit broke loose
2 8/21/2006 Lou Little Operating Co. Klimitchek   623583 1 Wildcat Lavaca Y 0 0 0 making a bit trip when the well came in
2 8/14/2006 Arrington, David H Oil & Gas Ericson Clark   611891 1   Live Oak N   0 0 tripping out of the hold to make a logging run.
2 8/10/2006 Apache Corporation Zengerlee, Wayne   611944 3 Wildcat De Witt N   0 0
3 8/2/2006 Newpark Env. Services         Fannett Jefferson N N 0 0 drilled through salt plug
8 7/27/2006 Fasken Oil & Ranch Ltd. Blakeney, B.H., -J- 19468   2 Goldsmith, East (Glorieta) Ector N N 0 0 scale caused tubing to pop out
3 7/13/2006 GEL Petroleum Howard Smith Fee 02969   18 Markham Matagorda N N 0 0 well pressured up.
8 6/28/2006 Riata Energy Inc West Ranch 204037   2302 Algerita (Ouchita Caballos) Pecos N N 0 0 shut in bottom pipe rams and forgot to shut in top blind rams.
8 6/27/2006 Whiting Oil & Gas Corporation Allday "N14" 36252 5 Signal Peak (Wolfcamp) Howard N N 0 0
8A 6/25/2006 Occidental Permian Ltd Cedar Lake Unit 00577   117W   Gaines N N 0 0 hole in a bradenhead nipple
3 5/24/2006 Quail Creek Oil Corp. Dolbear Fee   617710 469 Hull Liberty N N 0 0 none
3 4/24/2006 Gaither Petroleum S. Hampton   614988 1 Wildcat Hardin N   0 0 operator pulling wireline out of well when well kicked.
5 4/22/2006 XTO Energy Inc. Gosey Unit   609230 1   Tarrant N   0 1 one of the employees removed a plug or valve
3 4/19/2006 Italian-American Oil Cowan-Zollman 128276   1 Carlton Speed (Yegua 4600) Grimes N Y 0 0 could not close casing valve.
8A 4/12/2006 Occidental Permian LTD Denver Unit 18910   6624WC Wasson Gaines N  N 0 0 semi truck backed over injection well.
8A 3/3/2006 Sharp Image Energy, Inc. Eiland, Alice 66741   1 Sharon Ridge (1700) Scurry N Y 0 0 tubing broke off at the slips at the wellhead.
7B 3/1/2006 Kinder Morgan Producition Co LP Claytonville (Canyon Lime)   613867 79   Fisher N N 0 0 kick while tripping out of the hole with a core string.
8A 2/28/2006 Occidental Permian LTD Denver Unit 18910   3216   Yoakum N Y 0 0 broken casing wing valve.
8 2/22/2006 Gruy Petroleum Management Co War-Wink University 18-34 "A"   608902 18-34   Ward N   0 0 Uncontrolled flow
8A 2/15/2006 Kinder Morgan Production Co. LP Sacroc Unit 03137   27-09 Kelly-Snyder Scurry Y   0 0 pipe nipple blew out
8 2/13/2006 Whiting Oil & Gas Corporation O'Brien, G.W. etal 07338     Ward-Estes, North Winkler Y   0 0 Coils on the unit ruptured
8A 2/12/2006 Kinder Morgan Production Co. LP Sacroc Unit 03137   215-04 Kelly-Snyder Scurry     0 0 Valve on tbg/csg annulus failed.
8A 2/10/2006 Fasken Oil & Ranch Ltd. Slaughter, NW San Andres 19316   26W Slaughter Cochran     0 0 leaking gas thru a needle valve.
2 1/18/2006 Kaler Energy Corp Webb   6611080 1   Lavaca Y   0 0 pulling drill pipe.
8A 1/9/2006 Occidental Permian Ltd Denver Unit 18910   2210 Wasson Yoakum N   0 0  
3 1/4/2006 Tempest Energy Resources McCarthy Family Trust   605686 97-2   Chambers N   0 0 Attempts to correct a faulty cement job