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Coast Guard monitoring natural gas release

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard is monitoring a natural gas and condensate release from an orphan well four nautical miles southeast of Bob Hall Pier near Corpus Christi, Texas, Thursday.

Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders were notified by a good Samaritan Monday of a potential offshore rig release. A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew were launched to investigate and confirmed a natural gas and condensate release with a sheen extending 300-yards by 100-yards.

Watchstanders notified the Railroad Commission of Texas, which identified the site as orphan well State Tract 818LWell #F1.

The Coast Guard is working with the Railroad Commission of Texas, Texas General Land Office and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to monitor and secure the release.

Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi personnel are issuing marine safety information broadcasts daily to keep mariners informed, conducting daily overflights to monitor and inspecting nearby beaches for any signs of impact.

For all inquiries, please contact Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi at 361-438-0176.

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