The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) is investigating an uncontrolled release of completion fluids from a natural gas well Questerre Energy Corporation near Grand Cache, Alberta.
During a routine pressure test an equipment failure caused the release of gas and fluids from the well Friday, Questerre said in a press release.
“A loss of well control is the most serious incident we can have in our business. This is the first in my career and I hoped that any company I worked with would never be involved in one,” said Michael Binnion, president and CEO of Questerre in a January 12, 2013 statement to media.
Workers were temporarily evacuated, but no injuries were reported in the incident.
“As an advocate for our industries’ safety record it is simply unacceptable to be responsible for this accident. We will do everything possible to mitigate the situation and ensure it is not repeated,” Binnion added in the release.