Acadia Parish gas well blowout forces evacuations

A natural gas well that blew out Tuesday in Acadia Parish and forced the evacuation of about 40 people was still leaking Wednesday evening.

State authorities and a Texas company that specializes in capping oil and gas leaks were preparing the area so the leak can be capped safely, State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons said.

He said operations to cap the well are expected to begin over the weekend.

The well, which was operated by Black Creek Drilling, blew out around 6 p.m. Tuesday along La. 13, just south of the Acadia Power Station, forcing about 40 people within a 1.5-mile radius to leave their homes, according to State Police.

Cleco spokeswoman Robbyn Cooper said although the nearby well caused the plant to shutdown, power in the area will not be affected.

Hammons said there were no injuries involved in the blowout. He said it is “currently undetermined” when residents of the affected area will be able to return to their homes.