SEMINOLE (AP) — Emergency officials have evacuated a 2-mile radius near a West Texas oil well that blew out and spewed a mixture of dangerous hydrogen sulfide.READ MORE: CDC: Salmonella Outbreak In Texas, 30+ Other States Linked To Onions
Gaines County Judge Tom Keyes says nobody was hurt in Tuesday morning’s accident at a rural site about 4 miles east-northeast of Seminole. Keyes says about two dozen homes were evacuated, as a precaution.
Keyes says the well is operated by Tabula Rasa Energy of Houston. Company officials didn’t immediately return a message.READ MORE: White House Says It Is Prepared To Give Kids The COVID Vaccine, But Are Parents?
Authorities haven’t said what caused the blowout. Keyes says emergency personnel are monitoring winds for any shifts that could mean expanding the isolation area.
Hydrogen sulfide is a flammable, poisonous gas with an odor similar to rotten eggs.
Seminole is a town of about 6,400, located 70 miles northwest of Midland.MORE NEWS: FDA Authorizes COVID-19 Booster Shots From Moderna, Johnson & Johnson
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