Kansas: Gas trapped below town near salt cavern caused 100-foot high geysers in 2001 — Major explosion, fires, fatalities

Published: October 7th, 2012 at 8:47 pm ET
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Follow-up to: Officials concerned pressure may build to "explosive concentrations" in aquifer near giant sinkhole -- Geologists say top layer may not hold back gas if above 75 psi -- New footage of area (VIDEO)

Title: Gas trapped near sinkhole
Source:  The Advocate
Author: David J. Mitchell
Date: October 07, 2012

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In 2001, in Hutchinson, Kan. [...] natural gas also became trapped underground.

[... it] caused a major downtown explosion, fires elsewhere and two fatalities, according to a Kansas Geological Survey report and Louisiana regulatory files. [...]

The blast, on Jan. 17, 2001, stemmed from an old uncapped brine well forgotten inside the downtown store that once was part of a turn-of-the-20th century spa.

Seven miles away, propane had escaped, unknown, through a failed well casing tied to the Yaggy field salt storage cavern belonging to Oneok Inc., of Tulsa, Okla.

The propane moved through the underground Milan Limestone formation, which tilted upward from the cavern toward Hutchinson, a city of almost 41,000 then, until the gas found the old well.

An overhead furnace in the party store provided the ignition source, Forbes said. The explosion set fire to neighboring Woody’s Furniture Store, also part of the old spa.

The gas continued to move under the town, finding other old wells in an area once heavily solution-mined for salt, sparking a trailer fire that killed two people the next day and shooting geysers of water 100 feet high.

“Though it is still too soon to draw final conclusions on the source of the gas occurring in the Bayou Corne area, it can certainly be observed that it has shown neither flammable concentrations or pressure.” -DNR spokesman Patrick Courreges

See also: Officials: High levels of gas in water wells by sinkhole -- Potential health risk, fire/explosion -- Immediate remediation needed -- "Heed evacuation orders"

Published: October 7th, 2012 at 8:47 pm ET
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5 comments to Kansas: Gas trapped below town near salt cavern caused 100-foot high geysers in 2001 — Major explosion, fires, fatalities

  • skizexq skizexq

    ok, call me a music nut,, but I return to this song over the years… U.K. w. Holdsworth

    Mental medication
    Sweet music's conversation
    Play for all creation here

    Melody fair.
    Lost in contemplation
    Drown'd in meditation
    Need your inspiration near.
    When I'm alone
    I remember
    Truth is lasting…

    With the sun in your eyes
    And a simple disguise
    You fooled me
    Strange how your calling is clear

    From the sound of your voice
    You don't give me no choice
    You prove me
    Deep lies desire for your quick'ning fire

    Well it's a hell of a ride
    When your courage inside
    Deserts you
    Clear though the calling may be…
    In a terrible way
    You continue to say
    You need me
    Show me the way through your dark red door

    Mental Medication
    Music's Conversation
    Need Your Inspiration Near
    Melody Fair


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  • skizexq skizexq

    incredible, looking around I found this guy doing a perfect rendition of the above song.
    WOW
    gotta love those japanese guitars and electronics.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjMwtSy13Rs


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  • markww markww

    QUOTE “Though it is still too soon to draw final conclusions on the source of the gas occurring in the Bayou Corne area, it can certainly be observed that it has shown neither flammable concentrations or pressure.” -DNR spokesman Patrick Courreges

    WELL the post on the same page says explosive so are you talking through both sides of your mouth saying no and yes at the same time. Wake up folks you have to understand as long as flammable gas comes up there will be a problem
    Mark

    http://enenews.com/officials-pressure-building-up-in-aquifer-to-explosive-concentrations-geologists-say-top-layer-may-not-be-able-to-hold-back-gas-if-above-75-psi-new-footage-inside-sinkhole-video


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  • irhologram

    So now, the language has abruptly changed…without explanation, without comment. We're not talking about THE sinkhole anymore or THE salt dome or Bayou Corne. Now it's not THE stored gas and chemicals and radioactivity in the salt domes. Now it's THE aquifer…AND it's also leading our eyes up to Kansas, and posters are citing bubbles and domes up to the St. Lawrence. Wouldn't you say "they" already know the pressure below the clay level in the aquifer, as referenced in the other major story today, that Mark has linked above…so that IF the pressure is over 75 psi, the aquifer will "blow?" So do you think they would even mention it if they didn't already know the pressure is greater than 75psi. 1. How large is the aquifer? I guess we could assume the explosive breach would be at the weakest point? 2. Would a poisenouis mix of gases Matt Simmons said were encased but released by BP (and IMO recently by the BOP failure at 7250 feet on land, fairly near the sinkhole)…would those gases "worse than mustard gas," according to Simmons…would those gases continue to release from the belly of the earth for months? For years? Incidentally…also according to Simmons, those gases contain butane, as well as methane.


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