New details on Allen Parish well blow-out - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

New details on Allen Parish well blow-out

ALLEN PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

New details tonight about the well blow-out several miles Northwest of Kinder in Allen Parish.

Family members of the farm where the well is located spoke to KPLC's Erica Bivens today, by phone.

The family says they're thankful no one was hurt, but they're still very upset. They said they own several farms, but this one was by far their most beautiful property.

They took a video earlier today showing the fires are out, but smoke could still be seen billowing.

Hilcorp Energy, the company responsible for this oil field, released a statement today saying, "Given the logistics, and with an emphasis on the safety of our contractors and employees on location, we hope to have the well under control within the next 48 hours."

They also said they're, "currently working with the appropriate regulatory agencies and contractors on quickly moving the proper equipment to the location in order to bring the well under control."

Sgt. James Anderson, public information officer for Louisiana State Police Troop D says, "Three homes and two camps were evacuated as a precautionary measure. Our first priority is keeping everybody safe."

Authorities say the incident remains under investigation.

Now, the family who owns the farm was part of that evacuation. They say they haven't been told that it's safe to move back in just yet.

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