Allen Parish well blow-out statement - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Allen Parish well blow-out statement

ALLEN PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

A well blow-out in Allen Parish Thursday is under investigation, according to Louisiana State Police.

Family members of the farm where the well sits, say they're thankful no one was hurt, but they're concerned about the environmental impacts.

While they did not want to speak on-camera just yet, they did send in this video yesterday.

A blow-out of a well that sits on their farm also set several vehicles on fire. State police responded.

"We were notified yesterday of the well blow-out. We immediately sent troopers to the scene. Currently our emergency services unit is on scene; they are assessing the situation and formulating a plan. And we're bringing in equipment that we're staging right now to address the situation," explained Louisiana State Police Troop D, public information officer, Sgt. James Anderson.

Because of the incident, state police also wanted to ensure safety, "Three homes and two camps were evacuated as a precautionary measure. Our first priority is keeping everybody safe," said Sgt. Anderson.

The family of the farm was also part of that evacuation. And today, they sent us another video of their property. While the fires are out, clouds of smoke continue to rise.

Meanwhile, Hilcorp Energy, who's responsible for the oil field, released a statement today saying, "Given the logistics and with an emphasis on the safety of our contractors and employees on location, we hope to have the well under control within the next 48 hours."

While the cause of the incident has not yet been determined, they did say, "The incident appears to involve a well control issue that occurred during routine operations and a truck that subsequently caught fire.

The incident is under investigation.

Family members say they have not been told it's safe to move back in, just yet.

Hilcorp Energy, meanwhile, said they regret the incident occurred and pledge to work closely with those involved to protect their personnel, the community and the environment.

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Full statement from Hilcorp Energy:

"While information regarding the incident is still being gathered, initial reports indicate there are no injuries at the scene.  The incident occurred several miles Northwest of Kinder in Allen Parish.  The cause of the incident has not been determined pending a full investigation. 

The incident appears to involve a well control issue that occurred during routine operations and a truck that subsequently caught fire.  We have initiated a well control response activating qualified outside contractors in conjunction with local first responders, all of whom were immediately notified. We are currently working with the appropriate regulatory agencies and our contractors on quickly moving the proper equipment to the location in order to bring the well under control as soon as possible. Given the logistics, and with an emphasis on the safety of our contractors and employees on location, we hope to have the well under control within the next 48 hours. 

We at Hilcorp pride ourselves on our operational integrity and the safety of our personnel and contractors.  We regret the incident occurred and pledge to continue to work closely with first responders and regulators to resolve the problem and protect our personnel, the community and the environment.

More details regarding the incident may be released as they become available."

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