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Authorities respond to natural gas leak at well site in Orange County
KFDM News learned that the Orange County Sheriff's Office received a call from an oil well company representative at around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday about a natural gas leak at a well site at the end of Gulf Road off of FM 408 in the Orangefield area of Orange County.
In addition to Sheriff's deputies, the Bridge City Volunteer Fire Department responded to the area of Gulf Road and Scales Lane and officials took measurements of the gas in the air with Low Explosive Limit detectors, a news release stated.
They reportedly determined that there was not a measurable amount of gas in the area where homes were located at that time.
As the leak continued for several hours the gas was not dissipating quickly due to the weather conditions.
The oil well company could not control the leak and so a special response team from Houston was contacted and once they arrived it was recommended that homes in the well site's vicinity be evacuated and residents remain out of their homes throughout the night, Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson said.
The homes on Gulf Road and Scales Lane are the only homes impacted at this time, authorities said. About 16 homes in the area were evacuated.
Company officials said they believed the leak would not be under control until sometime on Thursday, June 26th.
The Orange County Emergency Management, Bridge City Fire Department, and Orange County Sheriffs Office all have personnel on the scene while the response team repairs the leak.
At this time it does not appear that there will be any further evacuations beyond Gulf Road and Scales Lane. Also, FM 408 remains open, authorities said.
Officials will be closely monitoring the levels of gas in the air, the weather, and wind conditions, in order to take necessary action for the safety of those working on the leak and those residing in areas beyond the evacuated areas, Hodgkinson said.