Feb 28, 2014 8:50 PM by Dave Fields

DEQ says monitoring continues, evacuation still in place

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality continues to monitor the air near Eunice following the well blowout off LA-13 in Mowata, La.

Nothing has changed since the 7 a.m. report, according to a DEQ email release.

A DEQ spokesperson writes:

"DEQ personnel are in the field monitoring the air quality with the agency's Mobile Air Monitoring Laboratory (MAML), which is deployed about two miles northwest of the well site," reports spokesperson Greg Langley.

Readings show the following:

normal/ambient levels for oxygen

non detect for LEL (lower explosive limit),volatile organic compounds, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide.

"Additionally, two Area RAE gas detection sensors have been set up at southeast perimeter fence at CLECO and at a spot due west of the well blowout," Langley adds.

The DEQ spokesperson also reports that the evacuation zone and road closures continue within a 1.5 mile zone.

"Preparation work continues on access road to move response equipment into the working area of the blowout. Board roads and mats will be placed to accommodate equipment traffic to the site," the DEQ email reads.


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