On May 19, an oil well near Karnes City, Texas on the Eagle Ford shale exploded and caused the evacuation of over 20 homes in the area. The evacuation was a precautionary measure because officials were unsure how much natural gas was released into the environment as a result of the explosion. Authorities even shut down portions of FM 792 while an investigation was conducted. The highway was re-opened two days later.
Encana, the owner and operator of the well, put residents who were forced to evacuate up in a nearby hotel until it was deemed safe to return to their home. As of May 29th, the majority of the residents who were displaced had returned home, but were still receiving support from Encana and local officials.
Environmental crews have been deployed to the area to take air samples in order to determine how much natural gas was released. Veterinarians have also been evaluating livestock in the area to determine if they were affected.
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