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Bayer Crop Science Looking For Who's Responsible for Acid Leak in Lubbock

By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

LUBBOCK - A hydrochloric acid spill in Lubbock prompted the evacuation of hundreds. The evacuation order is mostly lifted but now there's the question of who to blame.

Monty Christian, Vice President of Bayer Crop Science, was quick to shift focus from his company to Airgas.

"You know bring back to point that tank supplies to us by Airgas, so the supplier will have to be involved and we'll have to understand where the leak came from," he said.

Airgas representatives weren't at the press conference. At this time, we still don't know who will claim responsibility for the leak.

"So there is the question of liability; our first thought safety then we looked at next steps, " he said.

Christian did say OSHA was on scene Thursday during the transfer of the acid.

"The containment company has been successful in the most critical piece of this and that was connecting hoses to this tank without a breach happening," a Deputy Fire Marshal, said.

The leak started around 8 p.m. Wednesday and prompted an area wide evacuation.

Airgas HAZMAT crews came in from Dallas to clean up. The all clear was given to the neighborhood, only a few businesses remain under the evacuation order. The cause of the leak is still unknown and officials couldn't say if TCEQ would be investigating.

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