(Orange, Texas)

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June 26, 2014

Residents still displaced due to gas leak

ORANGEFIELD — Work continues to contain a gas leak as evacuated residents wait to return home.

Residents which live on Gulf Road and Scales Lane in Orangefield remain away from their homes Thursday due to a natural gas leak which started Wednesday morning at the end of Gulf Road.

Workers and equipment arrived at the site early Thursday and work has begun on capping the natural gas well. No time-table has been given on when the work should be completed, but a statement from Deputy Chief Clint Hodgkinson of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said “it could take several more days.”

The Orange County Emergency Management has set up an incident command post on site, along with officials from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Bridge City Fire and Rescue, as well as state officials from the Texas Railroad Commission and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

A natural gas leak was reported at approximately 8:45 a.m., Wednesday, June 25, at the end of Gulf road, which is located off of FM 408 in Orangefield. A representative of Benchmark Oil and Gas Company, which is based in Houston, called the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to report the leak.

Bridge City Fire and Rescue, as well as deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, arrived at the scene and took measurements with Low Explosive Limit (LEL) detectors and determined there was not enough gas present at that time to call for an evacuation.

However, the leak continued throughout the day and failed to dissipate quickly enough because of the inclement weather conditions in the area on Wednesday.

A special response team from Houston was called in after workers with Benchmark Oil and Gas Company were unable to contain the leak and called for an evacuation of approximately 16 homes on Gulf Road and Scales Lane. These residents were required to stay away from the houses overnight on Wednesday, many of which stayed at La Quinta Inn in Bridge City at the expense of the oil company.

Hodgkinson added that Entergy was called and asked to disconnect power in the area as a precaution. He also stated plans are in place to call for further evacuations only if needed, as precautions are being taken to insure the safety of those living in the area and the workers at the site.

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