LOVING COUNTY, TX (KWES) - UPDATE:
Apache Corporation has released a statement following a "well control incident" near Mentone on Wednesday morning.
"At approximately 10:30 a.m. Apache experienced a well control incident at one of its operated wells near Mentone, TX. Apache's Emergency Response Plan was immediately activated and law enforcement, fire department officials and the Railroad Commission were notified. Well control experts are on site assessing the situation and working to bring the well under control. There were no injuries and non-essential personnel have been evacuated out of an abundance of caution. The Loving County Sheriff's Department is onsite and have control of all roads going into and coming out of the well site. There are also two Wink fire trucks on standby at the location. The safety of our employees, community residents and stakeholders is our first priority."
The Sheriff of Winkler County, George Keely, confirmed that he is sending deputies to assist Loving County Sheriff's office in a suspected natural gas leak.
More details are expected.