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Update: Evacuation order lifted after gas leak

Posted: Updated: June 15, 2013 07:34 PM


RICHLAND PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) -  Dozens can now return home after the release of natural gas in parts of Richland and Franklin parishes, along with an oil well fire. This happened at the Denbury operated oil field. Friday, as many as 34 people were forced to leave their homes. As of Saturday afternoon, that evacuation order was lifted. The company, Denbury, has released a statement saying there were no injuries as a result of the leak. No word on a cause just yet. 

UPDATE: Denbury gas company confirms the gas leak is part of their line in Richland and Franklin Parishes. The company is working to find and repair the issue.

UPDATE: Our KNOE 8 News crew on the scene tells us the oil well fire is now out (5:55 p.m. Friday).

UPDATE: The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness tells KNOE 8 News that there is an oil well on fire in the same general area as the gas leak that resulted in an evacuation.

We have learned that the state's hazmat team and crews that specialize in oil well fires are on the scene near Burke and Summers Road. The earlier reported gas leak is near Burke and Piney Woods Road off of Highway 132.

Officials tell us a grass fire might be responsible for the oil well fire or vice versa. The also tell us the oil well fire and the gas leak are not connected.

Previous report:

UPDATE: The TransCanada pipeline crews are working to find a gas leak near the Richland and Franklin Parish line.

The company says they are using extreme caution while they close off their pipeline, and use a controlled-release method to empty the lines. Once the pipelines are clear, the crews can work to find the leak.

TransCanada has three pipelines that run through the Burke - Piney Woods area of Richland and Franklin Parishes. TransCanada representatives say other companies have pipelines in this area, and it is still unclear which line is leaking.

Previous report:

FRANKLIN PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Pipeline crews are working to find a gas leak in a small community south of Interstate 20 along the Richland-Franklin Parish line.

Franklin Parish Sheriff Officials confirm that one house in the parish has been evacuated.

Also Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell confirms that 13 to 14 homes have been evacuated south of the Dunn area along the south border of the parish as a precaution.

A gas company crew is being currently assembled to determine where the leak is, and which pipeline running through the area is responsible for the leak.

Highway 132 is blocked in Franklin Parish between Pineywoods and Burke Roads. 

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