Construction in Eudora
An abandoned natural gas well is not impeding progress on construction of a new elementary school in Eudora.
The well was found as workers were grading the 47-acre site on the east side of town, near 10th and Peach streets.
The Kansas Corporation Commission tested the well for natural gas, which is odorless, and no gas was found. KCC then capped the well with 250 feet of concrete.
"We're confident that it has been taken care of, and we've taken every precaution to ensure student safety," Superintendent Don Grosdidier said.
There was no indication before grading work began that the well existed or that it was ever an active gas well. The hole was either an old natural gas well or a test drill site that was never developed.
The district opted to install ventilation systems to the well, which cost about $2,000. The ventilation system will expel any gas that is detected, and a monitoring system will alert district officials.
"We decided to take the added precaution of venting the well and placing sensors that would immediately indicate if there was gas being released from it," Grosdidier said. "We've gone well above and beyond anything that needs to be done to ensure student safety."
Rosemary Foreman, KCC public information officer, agreed with Grosdidier's assessment of the situation and said all parties involved surpassed what the KCC believes is necessary to ensure future safety.
The well is directly under where the new $27 million school will be built. The school is part of a $45 million school bond passed in November 2007 and is set to be completed in fall 2009.