Science & Technology
8:00 am
Mon January 9, 2012

If the Well Blows, it's Time for a Specialist

When a natural gas well has a blow out or catches fire there is really only one option to call after dialing 911. More likely than not, it's the job of a Texas-based well plugging team to stop a spill or put out a blaze.

Wild Well Control uses sophisticated and sometimes remotely controlled equipment to do the work, equipment that is not found in your local fire hall. But there is competition coming into the market, a firm called Boots and Coots is making a name for itself.

In Texas alone, there's an average of about 20 blowouts a year according to state data. In the last five years, blowouts have injured over a dozen people in Texas and killed three.

For the rest of this story, visit StateImpact Texas.