Mar 5, 2014 6:58 PM by Letitia Walker

Update: Well no longer flowing following blow-out in Acadia Parish

It's been nearly nine days since 40 Acadia Parish residents were evacuated from their home following a well blow-out. State Police say they don't have an estimated time on when they will be allowed to return home, but crews are continuing to work at the site.

Representatives from Black Creek Drilling say they've met personally with all the evacuated residents to make sure they had somewhere to stay. In some cases they arranged for hotel rooms; they also say they gave residents pre-paid debit cards to take care of out-of-pocket expenses they had because of the evacuation. Company officials also say they've ensured all of them they will reimburse them any additional money they have had to spend as a result of the evacuation. We're told land owners are allowed back in their home twice a day, escorted by Acadia Parish Sheriff's deputies.

As of Saturday evening, the well is no longer actively flowing, however the process of safely containing the well continues. Company officials tell us because of the potential risk to Wild Well Control personnel working on the well, it continues to be a very deliberate and methodical process. The cleanup process is already underway, including the vacuuming and removal of all fluids.

Company officials say no salt water contamination has been detected, and a third-party continuous to monitor the air. They say there has been no unsafe levels of gases as a result of the blow-out.


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