Police Investigate Possible Sabotage of Hydraulic Fracturing WellSource: Shale Energy Insider | 14 January 2015
Western Australia’s Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has completed a preliminary investigation into damage at hydraulic fracturing gas well Yulleroo 2, which was one of the first to be fractured in the Laurel wet gas formation.
The well was damaged recently, with the DMP becoming aware of the incident after an environmental group, Environs Kimberley reported it and an anti-fracturing group, Lock The Gate, took footage of the well.
The investigation has concluded that the valve had not been faulty but had been physically damaged. When the incident was first announced, the company that had fractured the well in 2010, Buru Energy, said that there had been no issues with well at the previous inspection.
The executive director of the DMP, Jeff Haworth, has said the evidence points to deliberate sabotage, which had been an initial speculation when the damage was first revealed.