Work continues on well in Saamis Rotary Park

Medicine Hat – The City will continue work on an abandoned gas well in Saamis Rotary Park along Sierra Boulevard SW starting Monday, Nov. 21.

In early 2022, the City exhausted attempts to service well 100/15-13-012-06W4/00 with smaller, less-intrusive equipment like coil tubing and wireline units. A service rig is now required to complete a non-typical sweet shallow gas downhole abandonment.

Photo of a coil tubing unit    Photo of a wireline unit truck  Photo of a gas well service rig

Residents and motorists in the area will see this large equipment in Saamis Rotary Park starting Monday and will notice a temporary increase in noise during the day. This operation is expected to take five or more days.

Area residents have been notified with hand-delivered letters.

The work presents no anticipated danger to residents aside from proximity to heavy equipment. Temporary fencing will be erected around the worksite with security on site. The public is asked to observe a safe distance from the worksite and obey all signage, barriers and personnel.

“We typically schedule this type of work in the winter when the parks have less visitors and activities,” said Ken Wright, Supervisor of Gas Production Completions and Abandonment. “These are industrial operations with heavy machinery and public safety is paramount. If we can minimize the number of people around when this large equipment is on site, we all feel more comfortable.”

Parking, roadway and trail restrictions may occur for short duration in order for the equipment to access and maneuver around the park areas.

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