Energy company encountering dangerous gas

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. (AP) -- Noble Energy says it is
encountering a dangerous gas in the majority of its Piceance
Basin natural gas wells.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says it is
looking into reports the wells are releasing hydrogen sulfide.

Hydrogen sulfide can be lethal at high levels and can cause
headaches and other health problems at lower concentrations.

The commission says Noble may have failed to use biocides in wells it drilled.

Noble Communications Director Stephen Flaherty says workers
received safety training about it and Noble uses biocides to
eliminate it.


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  • by Mike Location: Rifle on Aug 13, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    As a former employee of Noble Energy I can verify there has been an extensive H2S problem in their wells and tanks. It has been introduced into pipelines, water trucks and pits. Noble did not notify the contractors or public and only told the employees on a "need to know" basis. On-site safety was not allowed to share H2S concentrations with anyone but local management. H2S concentrations higher than any pipeline contracts were knowingly delivered to downstream pipelines. I hope someone seriously investigates how this was handled and expose the people involved in jeopardizing the safety and health of the community and it's workers.
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