Gas Leak Forces State of Emergency

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 07:08 PM gHale


A gas leak from a well forced the call for a state of emergency Monday in Pawhuska, OK, officials said.

That state of emergency came as state agencies and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) work to figure out what led to a methane gas leak from a well located on the Pawhuska High School softball field.

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This problem kept students from attending their first day of school which was supposed to be last Thursday all the way through Tuesday.

More than 100 people packed into the community center in Pawhuska for a town hall meeting to discuss the progress of this gas purge. 

Right now, officials from the EPA, the state Fire Marshall, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and others are still working to find a solution. 

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board said there are 28 geo-thermal wells on site and two of them are seeping natural gas. 

Instead of plugging those two wells, there will be some type of ventilation system that will be put into place over the next 48 hours and school officials are hopeful school could start soon but no exact date has been set. 

EPA officials said air samples taken inside and outside the school are safe.



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