BREAKING NEWS: Gas Leak Reported Near Bob Hall Pier
A Nueces County emergency crew responded to a call of a possible gas leak from an oil rig near Bob Hall pier Tuesday, Sept. 1. The team was deployed at 8:30 a.m. to investigate possible gas escaping into the air about 3-5 miles offshore near the pier.
The General Land Office and U.S. Coast Guard have both been called in to help shut the well down, reported the Nueces County Emergency Services District No. 2 on its Facebook page. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Corpus Christi Fire Department are also on the scene.
According to witnesses on Padre Island, the leak is loud, sounding like a jet taking off. A strong fuel smell has also been reported. A reverse alert was sent to mobile phones on the island at about 11 a.m.
“The smell of gas is (super) strong at the sea wall,” reported Jace Tunnell on his Facebook page. Tunnell is director for the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve.
The natural gas well is owned by Magellan. The company is working with the Coast Guard to shut it down. Reporters are being told, however, that the water is too rough for smaller boats to get near the well. A helicopter is expected to do a flyover of the area soon.
This is a continuing story. Check back for updates.
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