Tulsa asking for state help in plugging some old natural gas wells

Tuesday, February 10th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The city of Tulsa plans to ask for state help with leaking natural gas wells underneath the city.

Last year gas accumulated at a house in midtown - forcing the fire department to evacuate the residents. Oklahoma Natural Gas determined the fumes weren't coming from their system. They say the gas was probably leaking from abandoned oil and gas wells in the area.

Teryl Rose, Oklahoma Natural Gas VP: “I don't want anyone to think it's an everyday occurrence that we find gas that we don't know where it's coming from because it's not. Usually we find gas on a regular basis we find gas coming from our system, we find it, we fix it and we move on down the road.”

The Tulsa city council Tuesday morning decided to seek state help in identifying and plugging old wells that are leaking underneath homes.

Some of the new leaks are being found because of a more thorough leak detection system put into place by ONG.