Bossier Parish gas well valve blows due to pressure build-up


ELM GROVE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A natural gas well near Elm Grove had a faulty pressure release valve that blew Wednesday when the part failed.

Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office representatives say the natural gas well on US-71 had a faulty pressure valve that exploded due to an extreme pressure buildup. A pressure release valve is a specialized piece of equipment that controls the release of gas based on varying pressure levels in a well during drilling. It’s a failsafe to protect the crew, rig, and environment.

The company managed to shut off the valve and a hazardous materials unit with the Louisiana State Police sent an Emergency Services Unit to the scene. No injuries were reported.

Red River and Bossier Parish Sheriff’s deputies closed traffic from Hwy 157 to LA 4 temporarily and diverted it around the area. It was determined it was not necessary to evacuate the area.

All roads are now open.

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