Oil Well Leak in Assumption Parish
Road Closures in Effect
The well owned by Cajun Well Service in Breaux Bridge blewout around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. A plume of oil and gas is continues to rise several hundred feet in the air, but State Police say no oil or gas is on the ground. However, some of the mist is impacting nearby fields, making parts of LA 70 very slick.
A motorist driving past the site noticed the blowout and alerted the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Department.
On the ground one residence near the rig had to be evacuated and several roads in the area are closed.
The Houston-based company CUDD is working to cap the well. But police say it could take anywhere from four to ten days to complete the work.
This is an FOX Baton Rouge update. The original story is listed below:
A portion of LA 70 south of LA 1 is now closed due to and Oil Well malfunction which has leaked gas. Emergency Personnel have chose to block this section of roadway. This road closure may last several days.
North Bound traffic will be detoured using LA 69 to LA 996 to LA 1000 to LA 1 back to LA 70. South Bound will be detoured using LA 1 to LA 1000 to LA 996 to LA 69 back to LA 70.
This closure is to all traffic.
DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.
Our Andrew Capasso is on the scene - and he'll have a full report tonight on Fox News Baton Rouge.