Monroe County, Ohio problem results in precautionary evacuations

The Columbus Dispatch reports that about 25 families in eastern Ohio had only restricted access to their homes for more than a week because of a natural gas leak at a well operated by Triad Hunter LLC in Monroe County. A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said crews lost control of the well on December 13th, and families were evacuated from within a 1.5-mile radius of the site. Crews brought the well under control on December 23. According to a press release from Triad Hunter’s parent company, Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., the previously drilled and completed Stalder 3UH well had been temporarily plugged and abandoned in preparation for the drilling of three additional horizontal wells on the Stalder pad. The company said the well began to flow uncontrollably while re-commencing production operations. The Magnum Hunter release can be found here.