Methane leak causes further evacuations near old well site in Alberta
26 February 2015
A total of 15 families have been asked to evacuate their homes for three weeks this summer in Calmar, 22 miles south west of Edmonton. Over this period, Imperial Oil will again try to plug an old oil well that is leaking methane gas, according to a report in the Edmonton Journal.There was a similar evacuation in 2013 when families also had to move out for three weeks and were found alternative accommodation by the oil company.
Company spokesperson Andy Biblow said the planned disruption this summer will be much shorter than two years ago, when five houses adjacent to the well had to be torn down to allow a drilling rig to be brought in to try to staunch the leak.
That attempt to plug the 1950s-era well failed and the company was given permission to vent the methane gas for a year. The amount of methane poses no risk to health or the environment, the company says.
Imperial already plugged two other leaking wells in Calmar, one near a school and another near a park.