Flower Mound, Texas continues to get poisoned by leaks
Officials respond to gas leak
By staff reports
At 7:45 p.m. Thursday, the Flower Mound Fire Department responded to a natural gas leak from a valve at the Bob Smith No. 2 well, located at 4000 Shiloh Road, according to a press release issued by the town.
A resident reported a loud noise coming from the well pad site. The fire department responded within three minutes of notification and confirmed the noise as well as a vapor plume coming from the equipment area housing the dehydration units.
Air monitoring began immediately to detect any gas plume, and two additional fire units from stations 1 and 4 responded to provide additional air monitoring equipment.
Police assistance was requested to briefly shut down FM 1171 and Shiloh Road to allow for monitoring to verify no hazard existed downwind.
Williams Exploration, operators of the well site, were notified and arrived to close the valves to stop flow. It was determined the leak was a result of a deteriorated valve located on the well side of the equipment before it reaches dehydration/sedimentation separation.
Sand and fine grit contained in the grass moving through the pipe created friction, causing wear. The valve remains closed and will require maintenance to bring the production back online.
A Williams engineer inspected the site to be certain no other issues were present. The town’s gas inspector is working with the Williams Safety Division to begin documentation on the incident. Based on initial analysis, and as the town was unable to verify at the time the amount of gas released, the incident was reported to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
More information is expected to be available next week.
Source: Flower Mound Leader