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Well spews water
by Christina Rowland
Nov 15, 2012 | 1843 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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A Pioneer Natural Resources well on Nov. 12 continued to spew water off of I-377 between Whitsett and Campbellton.
Christina Rowland photo A Pioneer Natural Resources well on Nov. 12 continued to spew water off of I-377 between Whitsett and Campbellton.
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LIVE OAK COUNTY - Driving on I-37 north toward Whitsett, people might have noticed a well to the left of the southbound lanes spewing water.

The well belongs to Pioneer Natural Resources.

According to Suzanne Hicks, director of corporate communications for the company, the company was attempting to drill an Eagle Ford well on Nov. 3 when “groundwater came back to the surface and continues to flow.”

The groundwater is flowing out of the ground at 500-700 barrels per hour.

“The water is being funneled off into a reserve pit and a secondary pit has been built as a precaution,” Hicks said.

The water in the pits is being taken by trucks to a disposal sites.

Hicks said at this time the cause of the water flow is not known but that a well control specialist has been brought to the site to try and identify a cause and solution.

“Currently available data indicate that only cool water is flowing from the well, suggesting a shallow source, but the exact source is still unknown. Pioneer is regularly analyzing the water.  Chloride levels are consistent with that of naturally occurring brackish groundwater,” said the press release.

The Railroad Commission has been made aware of the issue and has visited the site.

There have been no injuries as a result of the spewing water and no contamination or risk to the public.

“We are working diligently to get it resolved,” Hicks said.

The press release from the company said the well is at 5,700 feet, significantly shallower than the Eagle Ford at 11,500 in this particular area.

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