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At last report the the gas well fire in the Alberta Peace, Northwest of Hythe, was still burning out of control.


However, the closest home is more than seven kilometers away and that is well outside the emergency planning zone of 400 meters.

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Thus, Bob Curran of the Energy Resources Conservation Board has again offered public assurance, the well poses no health or safety risk.

He’s confirmed the well was targeting sweet gas, but under Alberta regulations had to be licensed as a sour gas well just in case pockets of toxic hydrogen sulphide were encountered during the drilling process.

He adds at this point authorities don’t know if any sour gas is flowing from the well, but board inspectors are on site and an air monitoring unit has been set up as a precautionary measure.

An earlier report from the Dawson Creek RCMP said the blowout and fire at the Canadian Natural Resources Limited well site, occurred about six o’clock yesterday morning.

However, there have been other reports suggesting it was as early as three o’clock.

The site, is about 14 kilometers from the Alberta/BC border, northwest of Hythe and none of the CNRL workers involved in the drilling was injured when the blowout occurred.

For photos and video from the scene, click here

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