Sour Gas Well Blow Out in B.C. today
It was reported today [Feb 24 2010] that there has been another sour gas well blowout in northwestern B.C., with a release of deadly H2S gas. Nobody was killed.
This follows the sour gas leak from last year, an incident that was barely reported, like this one will be barely reported.
If this blowout had not caught fire, there would have been a major catastrophe. The gas industry had pretty good technology for making sure that when sour gas wells do blow out they catch fire, that is on purpose so the sour gas will be neutralised.
With just a slight breeze, like 10 km/hr, the nearest home would be inundated by sour gas in less than one hour, and it took THREE hours for the emergency notice to be sounded in this blowout today.
Sour gas kills almost instantly at concentrations of just 500 parts per million [ppm]; you won't survive even a few breaths at 50 ppm. Some sour gas wells are 50% sour [500,000 ppm].
This blowout was only about 20 kms from Weibo Ludwigs home at Hythe. Weibo says: "It's rather providential that this thing blew up while we were protesting, insofar as it punctuates our concerns"
Right on Weibo, it is good to hear you speak now that they have let you out of jail.
This leak today shows that the real danger is not from protestors, but from ongoing operations of sour gas wells.