Update on well pressure control failure in DeWitt County

On Nov. 1, a pressure control failure occurred at a Devon Energy site in southwest DeWitt County, between Yorktown and Nordheim between Cottonpatch Road and FM 952; currently, Devon Energy continues to make progress in efforts needed in preparation to cap the well.

Devon Energy has relocated property owners and their families that are within a 2-mile radius of the incident as a precaution, and continue to work with property owners to get livestock fed, or removed from the area if the owner chooses.

At this time, only one report of lost livestock has been reported in Nordheim; Devon Energy is aware, and checking into the claim. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is on the scene monitoring environmental impact, along with Texas Railroad Commission, and various other agencies. Currently, Devon Energy has no definite time-frame as to when the situation will be fully resolved.

DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office continues to work with Devon Energy by regulating traffic near the area as a precaution. Devon Energy stated earlier in the week that: “Safety and environmental protection are our highest priorities during this process. A number of steps have been taken to contain any fluid runoff at the well site to protect the surrounding environment. We’ll begin assessing any necessary environmental clean-up as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

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