Sheriff: expect lengthy ordeal around well leak site
PLAQUEMINE- The company responsible for a well that is leaking off Highway 75 will evaluate the situation and formulate a plan to deal with the danger, the sheriff said Friday night.
Highway 75 has been closed south of the city because of the situation.
"[The highway] is shutdown between Stassi Road and Jack Miller Landing," Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi told WBRZ News 2.
Stassi said deputies believe natural gas is leaking from the well. Stassi said the telltale sign of trouble, loud hissing, can be heard in the area. He said the well is in a clearing, surrounded by woods off the highway.
"The only family we would have to evacuate lives in a mobile home on property next to the well, but they don't appear to be home," Stassi said.
The sheriff said emergency responders trained in dealing with hazardous materials were on the scene. Deputies are expected to man road blocks throughout the ordeal, which will likely last overnight and into Saturday morning.
No fire has been reported, but Stassi added it appears there could be oil leaking, too.
Watch for updates on WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 and refresh WBRZ.com for immediate updates.
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IMAGE: Google maps; Red = leak site; Yellow = Hwy closure