(WORTHINGTON) - A natural gas leak from an underground storage field in rural Greene County has been capped.
Citizens Energy Group says a well drawing gas from the storage area near the town of Worthington failed during maintenance work Tuesday evening.
High-pressure gas was escaping Wednesday and the leak was reported capped later in the day.
No fire or injuries occurred.
The Indianapolis-based utility said escaping gas had prompted the evacuation of seven nearby homes and the closure of State Road 67 between Switz City and State Road 54.
Residents were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday evening.
It said the loss of gas won't impact service to customers.
Citizens Energy Group is reporting a failure of a natural gas storage well located in a rural area about 4 miles south of Worthington, between County Road 325 North and County Road 200 North.
As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, law enforcement officers still have control of the scene and are not allowing entry into the affected area.
The well is part of the utility's underground gas storage operations in the area. No injuries or property damage has occurred.
The well emergency has resulted in the following impacts:
- Evacuation of 7 nearby homes
- Closure of State Route 67 from Switz City to State Route 54, and closure of County Road 325 near the well site
- Loss of electrical power to about 93 Duke Energy customers in the area
- Safety procedures call for allowing the gas in the well to dissipate over the next 24 hours. Only public safety personnel will be allowed in the area near the well emergency.
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