Haynesville Shale Task Force talks emergency preparedness

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 1:53pm

Less than two weeks after a massive fire sent plumes of smoke shooting into the sky from a local gas well site, officials from across the state met to work on emergency preparedness.

Emergency responders from agencies across the Haynesville Shale met with oil and gas industry officials today to better their emergency preparedness for well site disasters.  Sheriff Steve Prator, who is the chairman of the task force, told us they hope to learn more in the classroom than through actual emergency situations.

On April 15, multiple Cudd pump trucks caught fire on a Chesapeake Energy well site in west Shreveport causing chaos.  "There were some incidents that came up," Sheriff Prator told us.  "Where we could've done things a little bit differently that would've had a better outcome."

Those issues include how emergency responders can get in and out of the site and where on-site explosives should be stored.  Emergency responders also hope to work with industry officials to learn more about industry trucks.  They also hope to better understand how they sync up valves and connections for the fire departments.

The task force hopes to eliminate every problem they can and respond more efficiently to those that will inevitably happen.


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