Disregarded Requests Cause Brine Leak at C3-19 Well - November 2, 2005:
On July 28, 2005, Sagasser & Associates, Inc. personnel observed that the steel piping exhibited significant corrosion on the exterior at the C3-19 Antrim Gas Well. This was cause for concern since it transfers brine on the interior. We informed the Operator in writing with a copy sent to the DEQ-OGS, and respectfully requested they maintain/replace the piping, as well as provide notice in advance of these activities. No reply was received from the Operator or the DEQ-OGS.
On August 16, 2005, a written follow-up request was made to the Operator to promptly address the corroded piping, with a copy sent to the DEQ-OGS. No reply was received from the Operator or the DEQ-OGS.
On August 22, 2005, an additional follow-up request was made in writing to the Operator regarding the corroded piping concern. No reply was received from the Operator or the DEQ-OGS.
On November 2, 2005, the corroded piping was found to be leaking at the juncture with the check valve. The piping leak was for the brine flow line before it enters the metering shed. An additional written request was made to address the condition immediately.
The leak was fixed, a portion of the corroded piping was replaced, brine contaminated soil was removed, soil samples were collected, and the hole was left open until July 2006.