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What's the damage from the Jonah Field compressor fire?
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What's the damage from the Jonah Field compressor fire?

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The Falcon natural gas compressor station burned yesterday, sending flames and a plume of black smoke into the air. It doesn't sound like anyone was seriously injured, and gas was quickly halted from flowing in or out of the compressor.

The compressor is a key part to the Jonah Gas Gathering System, which collects and moves gas out of the Jonah and Pinedale Anticline fields.

So what's the damage to gas production in the area?

Here's what I do know and what I've been told.

The Falcon station is one of several compressor stations in the gathering system, which can transport up to 2.55 billion cubic feet a day of gas through 849 miles of pipe.

The Falcon station, despite its Jonah Field placement, was moving out gas from the Pinedale Anticline field, according to Rick Rainey, spokesman for system-owner Enterprise Products Corp., and Encana Corp.'s Randy Teeuwen.

Each day Shell Oil Co. typically produces 320 million cubic feet of gas a day from the Pinedale area, said company spokeswoman Kayla Macke.

"Enterprise is rerouting production to another compressor station and we have started to restore production that had to be temporarily shut-in," she wrote via email. "We will wait for further updates from Enterprise to understand when we can safely restart our producing operations."

Macke said it's too soon to speculate on the impact to production or the duration of the shut-in.

Rainey told me yesterday he was unsure how much gas was flowing through the compressor. Ronnetta Eaton, Enterprise investor relations manager, told me today she wasn't certain of the extent of the damage to the system as a whole, but she should know more after a Thursday morning meeting.

Spokesman for both Encana and QEP Resources say their gas wasn't flowing through the station. No word yet from Ultra Resources Inc.

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