Acadia gas well capped, ending evacuations

An Acadia Parish natural gas well that blew out last week was capped Thursday, ending an evacuation that had kept about 12 families out of their homes since Feb. 25.

Wild Well Control, a company that specializes in handling well blowouts, capped the well just before noon Thursday, State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons said.

Hammons said there were about 12 homes in the 1.5-mile area that was evacuated.

The residents were allowed to return home Thursday afternoon, accompanied by staff with the state Department of Environmental Quality, who were testing the air in the homes to make sure it was safe, Hammons said.

The well was operated by Black Creek Drilling.

The blowout happened about 6 p.m. Feb. 25 on La. 13 just south of the Acadia Power Station.

No injuries were reported.