Leaky Well Capped After Spewing Gas High Into Colorado Sky

Naturita (AP) A leak that sent natural spewing into the air in southern Colorado, Tuesday, and restricted air space, has been capped. The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office says the problem was fixed earlier, Wednesday.

The well is owned by Encana Oil and Gas. It began leaking and forced the company to clear some of its employees from the area. No gas is being detected beyond a 500 yard radius of the well, and no injuries have been reported.

Encana Spokesman Doug Hock had said gas escaped through a cut in the steel casing that leads to a valve. The Federal Aviation Administration closed airspace in a 15 mile radius up to 10,000 feet to keep aircraft from igniting the gas.

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