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Gas well issues prompt evacuation near Kosciusko

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Wilson County News
May 8, 2013, 8:07pm
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KOSCIUSKO -- Emergency officials are working in conjunction with representatives from Hunt Oil Co. to plug a gas well outside of Kosciusko after the internal pressure of the well reached critical levels.

"The pressure is past critical," said Wilson County Pct. 2 Commissioner Paul Pfeil. "We've got a potential blowout in a well. Hunt Oil is working at this time to plug it. There are no reported injuries right now, but we wanted to evacuate everyone out of the area in case it does blow."

If Hunt is unable to plug the well, massive amounts of deadly poisonous gas could be released into the air, which is what emergency official are trying to prevent.

"Right now we are just taking precautions," Pfeil said. "Nothing has come out just yet, but we wanted to clear the area just in case. If it does blow, the wind is blowing toward the north so that would mean an evacuation up [S.H.] 123."

As of 7:15 p.m., the evacuation order covers a two-mile radius from C.R. 235 to C. R. 453 and C.R. 252.

"If the gas would come to the surface, the evacuation could reach to the Karnes County line, but as of right now we just don't know," Pfeil said. "Hunt is currently working to plug the well and is waiting for some equipment to come in from out of town."

Pfeil said he hasn't been given a timeline for the evacuations.

"Residents are being asked to stay clear of the area, for your own protection," Pfeil said. "If you need to go somewhere or to stay somewhere in a motel room, Hunt is paying for all that."

Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. said deputies were dispatched immediately upon receiving the call from Pfeil.

"The call went to the commissioner at about 4:30," Tackitt said. "I notified dispatch to send some officers out here to create a perimeter; we want to keep people safe."

Residents are being asked to stay out of the area until further notice.

The Wilson County News will offer updates if they become available.

Your Opinions and Comments

Johnny De La Zerda  
Poth, TX  
May 13, 2013 1:06pm
Rabble, the gas in question was Hydrogen Sulfide. Please look for the story in the upcoming edition of the Wilson County News for more details.

Rabble Rouser Extraordinaire  
Adkins, TX  
May 13, 2013 8:50am
Deadly Poisonous Gas? Don't your really mean H2S (Hydrogen Sulfide)? Residents near the shale have been educated on H2S correct? :-/

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
May 9, 2013 10:45am
Thank goodness that proper procedures were followed.

Nannette Kilbey-Smith, Editor  
May 9, 2013 8:50am
According to Paul Schulze on behalf of the Hunt Oil Co., the company's "... team was successful in killing the well, with no injuries and no environmental impact." Hunt's emergency response team stood down at approximately ... More ›

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