Probable Old Wellsite Exposed in New Plymouth

28 September 2016

What is probably an historic wellsite in New Plymouth has been exposed by a digger.

Taranaki Regional Council, New Plymouth District Council and other regulatory authorities are investigating. 

Initial assessment shows there are unlikely to be environmental issues with the site. Further investigation is under way.

NPDC Customer and Regulatory Solutions Manager Katrina Brunton says it appears to be the Devon-1 well on Seaview Road that was drilled in 1942 and abandoned as dry in 1943.

“The digger has exposed what looks like the old well’s cellar,” she says.

“Initial investigations show some drilling mud in the concrete sump and no apparent gas leaks.”

The site is being cleared for development and NPDC will advise the developer on the process of developing a site with an abandoned well-head.