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(Wyo.) - Well failure prompts evacuation near Douglas

By: John Thayer Posted at: 04/25/2012 10:03 AM
GLENROCK, Wyo. (AP) - Over 60 people northeast of Douglas have left their homes because of a leak at an oil and gas well.
Chesapeake Energy said Thursday that natural gas was escaping into the air following a problem during construction at the well on Tuesday. It said oil-based drilling mud was also leaked during what it described as a "well-control incident" as steel casing was being installed.
The company said air sampling results are normal but it asked about 80 residents who live within a 2.5-mile radius to evacuate. About 67 decided to leave.
Large amounts of gas were escaping Tuesday. Residents say the sound of escaping gas could be heard six miles away.
Chesapeake says it's working to bring the well under control.

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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