Il­le­gal Di­a­mond well erupts again

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

The il­le­gally dug nat­u­ral gas well in the Di­a­mond Hous­ing Scheme, on the East Bank of De­mer­ara, erupted again yes­ter­day morn­ing.

A neigh­bour, who spoke with Sun­day Stabroek, ex­plained that strange sounds were heard com­ing from the well on Fri­day even­ing. She re­lated that the next morn­ing, sev­eral work­ers from the Guyana Ge­ol­ogy and Mines Com­mis­sion (GGMC) turned up at the site and were ob­served work­ing on the well.

Ac­cord­ing to the woman, she had not re­alised that wa­ter was once again spring­ing from the well un­til two hours later, when she de­cided to check on her clothes which were on a line in the back yard.

She re­called that she was greeted by clothes which were cov­ered in mud from the well. She noted, too, that at no point had the work­men in­formed them of what was go­ing on. The women re­ported that the work­ers left by mid­day. At­tempts to con­tact head of the Guyana Ge­ol­ogy and Mines Com­mis­sion (GGMC) Newell Den­ni­son on what tran­spired were un­suc­cess­ful.

On June 14th, the il­le­gally dug well erupted, eject­ing wa­ter and mud up to 100 feet in the air. Di­a­mond res­i­dent Soow­nauth ‘Wa­ter Man’ Go­rakh had re­port­edly dug the well in the yard of his Sixth Street home some time ago and was us­ing it for do­mes­tic pur­poses.

Go­rakh claimed, via a state­ment is­sued by the Re­gion Four ad­min­is­tra­tion that he and his wife, Tu­la­b­haduree, had at­tempted to dig the well af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing wa­ter trou­bles. The woman claimed that the fam­ily has suf­fered over $20 mil­lion in dam­age. The Go­rakhs’ im­me­di­ate neigh­bours have also suf­fered vary­ing de­grees of dam­age.

Spil­lage from the lat­est well erup­tion.

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