Loving County UPDATE:
The Wild Well emergency response team and Apache tells CBS 7 that that they are working together to come up with a safety plan.
Officials say that they are either going to place a kill mud solution inside the well where the gas leak started to try and smother the gas or they will just let the gas continue to spill out until it's finished.
As a safety precaution the entrances have been blocked off to the area and so far more than 200 people have been evacuated from the man camp and a couple of homes nearby. The evacuation of the area will remain until the gas is shut off.
Apache, the company that owns the well that experienced a natural gas leak this morning has issued a statement.
"At approximately 10:30 a.m. Apache experienced a well control incident at one of its operated wells near Mentone, TX. Apache’s Emergency Response Plan was immediately activated and law enforcement, fire department officials and the Railroad Commission were notified. Well control experts are on site assessing the situation and working to bring the well under control. There were no injuries and non-essential personnel have been evacuated out of an abundance of caution. The Loving County Sheriff’s department is onsite and have control of all roads going into and coming out of the well site. There are also two Wink fire trucks on standby at the location. The safety of our employees, community residents and stakeholders is our first priority."
At this hour, county road 407 remains closed. No injuries have been reported.
First responders remain on the scene of what they’re calling a ‘massive’ gas leak in Loving County.
Sheriff Chris Busse tells CBS 7 Apache, the company that owns the lease, has set up a command post. All emergency crews are on standby in the event of any injuries.
The leak is on well magpie 115H, owned by Apache, according to sheriff Busse.
“All we can do at this point is let the site ‘off gas’ and keep the area clear and safe,” sheriff Busse said.
Deputies evacuated two homes as a precaution, along with the Anadarko man camp and a drilling rig. Sheriff Busse says no injuries are reported at this time.
County road 407 remains closed at this time.
A natural gas leak has forced the closure of a county road and the evacuation of a drilling rig in Loving County.
Loving County sheriff Chris Busse tells CBS 7 all of his units are on the scene right now assessing the situation.
“As a precaution we’ve shut down County Road 407 and evacuated a drilling rig in the area,” he said.
Sheriff Busse says Winkler County fire crews and EMS crews are also en-route to shut down the line. He says the leak is coming from an Apache Oil lease. CBS 7 has not been able to independently confirm that information.
All people are urged to stay away from that area at this time. Stay with CBS 7 as we learn more about this developing story.