The well which was dug in the backyard of a Diamond property was done so without permission. Officials of the Hydromet Office and the Guyana Water Incorporated have both confirmed that the well is an illegal one.
Officials said the well appeared to have been dug to more than 120 feet, triggering off the natural gas eruption.
Head of the Civil Defence Commission Colonel Kester Craig, told reporters this morning that the CDC is working with other partners in monitoring the situation while looking at all avenues to address it.
He said with the release of the suspected natural gas in the atmosphere, persons close by have been asked not to do any lighting of fires. The CDC has also been talking with the owner of the property.
The ExxonMobil oil company sent a number of its officials to the area to assist in monitoring and other related work.
News Source understands that the owner of the property was digging the well to source water when the natural gas erupted last evening, spouting thick mud into the air.
While the pressure appeared to have initially died down, the damage was already done.
The man’s house now has several large cracks and his yard is filled with the mud that has a height of more than three feet.
His neighbours’ properties are also affected. The occurrence is still being monitored.