Blowouts and Well Control Problems

All Blowouts 2016-2017

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District Date Operator Lease/Facility Name Lease/ID API # Drill Permit # Well # Field Name County Fire H2S Injuries Deaths Remarks
02 05/16/17 Cummins & Walker Oil Co. Inc.  Welder, M.S. Est.  172091 469-33366   3 Lonnie Glasscock (Oakville, LO.) Victoria N N 0 0 During workover the wellhead and tubing were in poor codition and remedial work worsened the condition casusing a total loss of the wellhead. 
03 04/20/17 Hilcorp Energy Company Baer-Franklin   321-32403 821323 2 Bear Ranch (Tex-Miss Cons) Matagorda N N 0 0 Well finished drilling and during flow testing a loss of control occurred.
09 04/19/17 Fengolio Oil Company Cone, Rachel Lease  30293 337-33232   5 Newark, East (Barnett Shale) Montague N N 0 0 The Tubing broke at the well head during the inspection. Well began to flow
8A 03/14/17 Occidental Permian LTD.  Anton-Irish Clearfork Unit   189-00165 304 65W Anton-Irish Hale N N 0 0 an uncontrolled well from a workover that had produced water and water based drill mud going into a dry Playa lake.  Well No. 65W lost control on March 14, 2017 at noon for about 24 hours when the nipple broke on the wellhead during a workover where they were pumping mud downhole.  Well No. 65W is a CO2/Water injection well.  They pumped 14 ppg mud to kill the well and then replaced the nipple.  The well is under control now. They are preparing to replace the wellhead and run the packer and get an H-5 test.  The amount of fluid lost was 5000 barrels (bbl.) including both water and mud.  They had recovered at the time of the call 1590 bbls of the both water and drill mud and were still recovering.  
08 01/21/17 Anadarko E&P Onshore LLC Silvertip 76-17 P    301-32904 815363 1H Phantom (Wolfcamp) Loving  N N 0 0 Well had an incident during facture stimulation. 
10 01/03/17 Le Norman Operating War Admiral 8   211-35556 821234 3H Hemphill (Douglas)  Hemphill N N 0 0 While drilling the well started receiving gas kicks
03 12/28/16 H-M Resource Management, Inc.  Anderson Lucrese 209012 481-34733   8 Egypt (3800)  Wharton N N 0 0 Operator attempting to plug well and pulled the packer lose when well came in. 
03 12/06/16 Gordy Oil Company  Johnston, H.B.    291-32899 820395 1 Hardin, South (Wilcox 12700)  Liberty N N 4 0 Well was leaking gas. Injury occurred when metal plate blew off the top of the dry hole tree. 
08 11/10/16 Forge Energy, LLC  Monument A28-6    165-38419 817236 1H Tex-Mex, SE (Wichita Albany)  Gaines  N N 0 0 During the 14th stage of a 21 stage frac the production casing moved up hole several feet at the same time the surface casing failed.  The production casing and frac stack then fell over
08 11/08/16 Enwater Operating, LLC  Easy Jet  46873 389-34742   1 Collie (Delaware) Reeves  N Y 0 0 Increase in volume caused the uncontrolled release. 
08 10/19/16 Pearl Resources Operationg Co.  Garnet State    371-39426 818111 4 Wolfbone (Trend Area) Pecos N Y 0 0 Unprepared to hit a heavy flow while drilling. 
10 10/24/16 Enervest Operating LLC  Childrens Home 2   483-33092 265280 4H Frye Ranch (consolidated)  Wheeler  N N 0 0 Well is being worked over and had wellhead removed when well kicked and blew out. 
08 10/17/16 Three Rivers  Ladybird SWD    109-32953 815536 1 Ford, West (Wolfcamp)  Culberson N Y 0 0 There is already surface casing 13 3/8” @ 558’ & circ, they TD’d at 2775’ and was going to run intermediate 9 5/8” when the stripping rubber failed inside the casing shoe.  The operator had an uncontrolled flow with H2S and also a spot 150’ north of the rig started flowing water with H2S also.
04 09/30/16 Lamay Corporation  State Tract 117  058974 007-30101   1 Bartell Pass (Frio M)  Aransas  N N 0 0 well leaking dry gas into the atmosphere. The leaking well was reported to the TGLO by a boater in Aransas Bay. 
08 09/24/16 Kinder Morgan Production Co LLC Goldsmith-Landreth/San Andres unit  135-43426 817824 201AW Goldsmith  Ector  N Y 0 0 new drillwell going uncontrolled starting at 1 am on September 24, 2016.  They had shut down W Scharbauer Street which is about 800’ north of the well.  Kinder Morgan had Wild Well Control contacted and heading there.
01 09/20/16 Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation  Weldon Shcorp-prickly pear unit  271065 163-33670     Indio Tanks (Pearsall)  Frio  N N 0 0 Producing well (no active work was being performed on well at time of discovery) developed uncontrolled leak of dry gas in KTH flange at slips.
3 07/13/16 Lone Star NGL Mont Belvieu  Central Terminal Lease  12081     1 Salt dome storage  Chambers  N N 0 0 Leaking salt dome. 
08 07/06/16 Cross Timbers Energy, LLC  Penwell Unit  23007 135-01481   2388W Penwell  Ector N Y 0 0 uncontrolled gas release from an unknown source breaking out to the surface from the outside of the surface casing of the above well. 
04 07/01/16 EOG Resources, Inc.  Kleberg, RJ TR Stillman 258933 261-31544   505 Tordilla (Deep Cons.)  Kenedy  N N 0 0 During plugging operations, while attempting to cut and pull with casing jacks the 7-5/8” intermediated casing from approximately 50’ below the surface casing shoe depth (2,516’), the weld between the pulling nipple and the casing broke and the well began to flow. The well was full with 9.5-ppg plugging mud for well control purposes. The well flowed mud, followed by produced water for approximately one hour, until the flowing pressure had decreased enough that the pulling tools could be laid down, and the casinghead and master valve could be bolted back onto the wellhead. The shut-in wellhead pressure was 50-psi and the well is now under control.
01/02 06/29/16 Enerquest Operating, LLC  Brysch  258318 255-00718   1 Panna Maria (Edwards)  Karnes  N Y 0 0 it appears that during one of Encana’s frac jobs the pump jack on the Brysch #1 locked up and casing pressure increased on the Brysch #1, causing significant increase of water production into tanks, ultimately compromising the stuffing box seals, and water is now leaking through the stuffing box into the air and onto the ground. Enerquest personnel are not able to bring the well under control. Encana has agreed to take over kill operations of the well and is currently moving equipment onto location to perform top-down bullhead kill operation with oil-based mud. Encana states no elevated H2S levels have been detected thus far. H-9 on file from Enerquest shows H2S concentration at 25,600 ppm at 500 mcf/day. Both 100 ppm and 500 ppm ROE do not contain a public area or a public road. At least one nearby house has been evacuated as a precautionary measure.  County Sheriff is controlling roadway, no shutdown of any public roads yet.
3 06/26/16 Equistar Chemicals, LP  Equistar Chemicals, LP  10752 071-81605   7 Barbers Hill (Storage Cavern) Chambers Y N 0 0 pressurized cavern storage well in which communication to the surface has been observed. 
08 06/02/16 XTO Energy Inc.  Cordona Lake Consolidated 20582 103-32391   62W Cordona Lake  Crane N N 0 0 The top section of the wellhead fell off due to a faulty wellhead per XTO. CO2 is blowing up approximately 20’ into the air with some produced water being released. XTO has well control equipment in route via a third party well control company. H2S and lower explosive limit (LEL) monitors have been placed around the location. None has been detected. The location is under 24 hour supervision. Well control operations are to begin tomorrow morning. Well is located at or near Juan Cordona Lake shoreline, an intermittent or salt lake, which currently contains water.
7C 05/03/16 Mesa Operating, LLC  Jimmy Marshall    307-31187 813672 2 Lohn (Strawn 900)  McCulloch 0 0 Well blowing mud ~ 7 ft. above the rig floor, with mud around the well bore. They were pulling out of the hole preparing to RIH with casing. TD of the well is 994’. There is 450 of drill collars in the hole with a wiper rubber on the drill pipe. Southwest fluids from Abilene is on location with additional mud to kill the well. Well is located ~ 150’ north of CR 504. This is a single string completion. The cementers and casing are on location.
08 04/06/16 Apache Corporation Magpie Unit    301-32807 812057   Phantom (Wolfcamp) Loving  N N 0 0 completed, frac'd, and was blowing the well down when it plugged up. They currently have a rig on well that had been working to unplug the well. The BOP's are shut and the well is blowing out through a connection that failed below the BOP's.
8A 04/02/16 Occidental Permian LTD Gains Wasson Clearfork Unit  63524 165-00783   6513W Wasson 72 Gaines  N N 0 0 Truck hit an injection line, causing the tubing to split above the wellhead on the water injection well. The water blew above the top of the tubing until a rig was moved in. 
09 03/28/16 Energy Transfer Company Fields 057629 237-30616   13 Bryson, South (Strawn 1700) Jack  N N 0 0 .  A joint of 2 3/8” tubing that was in the  well shot up thru the derrick floor and landed approximately 15' from floor and stuck in to the ground.  Rig crew hands were able to shut blind rams on Blow Out Preventer (BOP) with pipe wrenches to gain control of the well.  Well was out of control for approximately 10 minutes. NO INJURIES were sustained by anyone.  
7C 03/05/16 Chisholm Operating, Inc.  Baugh  19163 413-00444     Baugh (Strawn)  Schleicher N N 0 0 Heater treater pop-off valve did not reset making dump valves inoperable. Fluid began to run out of the top of the heater treater. 


Last Updated: 6/7/2017 12:07:38 PM