A Texas driller said Tuesday that his company’s well was struck by a drilling rig during a drilling session in a remote part of the state.
“It’s not our fault that the drill rig fell into our well.
That was our fault,” Mark Clements, the CEO of Texas-based drilling company Energy Transfer Partners, told NBC News.
The company’s drill rig, a Cessna Citation, fell into the Texas Panhandle reservoir on May 31, causing damage to an underground pipeline.
Clements said the drilling rig and the other equipment fell into a reservoir known as the San Antonio Dam, which was built in the 1970s to provide drinking water for the area.
The reservoir has been shut down for more than two weeks because of heavy rains, which have caused the dam to overflow its banks and flow into the San Marcos River.
Clements said that the drilling crew did not realize the equipment fell in and the well had no backup systems.
Clement said he believes the drilling equipment was being used for drilling purposes and the drill crew had adequate warning systems in place.
He added that his well had been in operation for two years.
The San Antonio dam was built to supply drinking water to the area, and has been in the process of being shut down by the federal government.
Coresys company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The agency that runs the San Francisco Bay Area, the California Department of Water Resources, said the San Jacinto River has risen more than 25 feet since March 23 due to heavy rains.
It said it has suspended water pumping to help reduce the reservoir’s overflow.