CHONGQING, March 27 (Xinhua) -- The headquarters dealing with the gas leakage
accident in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality decided on Monday afternoon
to employ the second plan to cap the gas well as the first plan did not
As of 5:00 p.m. Monday, the headquarters is still discussing the details of the
second plan as the pressure of the mouth of the Luojia No. 2 well rebounded.
An official with the headquarters said the new plan will be carried out on
Monday afternoon or Tuesday.
The gas leakage occurred on Saturday in the well which is located in
Gaoqiao Town of Kaixian County. No casualty has been reported.
The well belongs to the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)'s
Sichuan Provincial Petroleum Administration.
The gas well is in the vicinity of the Luojia No. 16H Gas Well, where a
deadly gas blowout killed 243 people on Dec. 23, 2003.
More than 10,000 residents living within one kilometer around the well were
evacuated and workers have earlier ignited the escaping gas to avoid the
possibility of a buildup and explosion.
The environmental protection department in Chongqing set up seven
monitoring posts within four kilometers around the well to supervise the changes
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