UPDATED: Fort Bend County works to cap oil well leak, no hazardous chemicals detected

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Updated at 4:07 p.m. Dec. 7

The Fort Bend County Hazardous Materials team responded to an oil well blowout Wednesday near Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road and Lake Olympia Parkway around 7:25 p.m., said Alan Spears, Fort Bend County’s Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator.

The county’s hazmat unit remained on site until 10 p.m., monitoring the air quality in the surrounding area and checking readings every 15 minutes. He said that no hazardous chemicals were detected.

Officials have reduced the oil leak and are in the process of capping it to stop it completely, Spears said Thursday.

“It should be done by now,” he said around 3:30 p.m. “But there is a pretty strong smell down there, though, and I’m afraid that’s going to linger for a little while.”

Representatives from the Texas Railroad Commission and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality were also present.

“[TCEQ] are the ones that usually investigate that kind of thing,” Spears said.

The oil well is owned by Dallas-based company IWR Operating, LLC, Spears said. IWR Operating has contracted two companies to cap the well and to continue monitoring the air quality.

Updated at 9 a.m. Dec. 7

A gas well blowout took place near Texas Parkway and the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road Wednesday night.
However, there is no threat to the surrounding community, said Sheldra Brigham, Houston Fire Department’s public information officer.

Posted at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6

A gas well blowout took place near Texas Parkway and the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road on Wednesday, according to a news alert from Missouri City. The Houston Fire Department is coordinating efforts to contain the issue, and the odor may affect surrounding communities, according to Missouri City’s website.

“This gas well blowout took place in the city of Houston,” said Cory Stottlemyer, Missouri City’s media relations specialist. “We defer to their representatives on this inquiry. All information we have on the blowout has already been shared with residents through the citizens communication tools.”

It was not immediately clear when the blowout occurred. This story will be updated as information becomes available.

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Renee Yan

Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism and joined Community Impact as a reporter in July. She covers education, local government, business developments, and other issues for Sugar Land, Missouri City, and Fort Bend County.

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