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Photo Gallery: Work continues at Midwest School to locate gas leak

(Midwest, Wyo.) - We took a drive out to Midwest Friday to see for ourselves what was going on at Midwest School. According to the most recent press release from the City of Casper-Natrona County Health Department (CNCHD): *“We are working with the FDL Operating, Natrona County Emergency Management, Natrona County School District #1, Wyoming Department of Health, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and the Bureau of Land Management to ensure we are doing everything we can to address the gas leak that began on May 25, 2016.” said Dr. Kelly Weidenbach, Executive Director of the CNCHD.* *The leak was detected by Natrona County School District #1 employees who noticed dying grass near the school building and took steps to evacuate the building.* *FDL Operating responded as soon as the gas was determined to not be natural gas. Company teams are completing a comprehensive evaluation of every well bore drilled within 1/4 mile of the leak. Three workover rigs are currently completing diagnostic and well remediation work.* *The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has taken air quality readings and is providing technical assistance to the Casper-Natrona County Health Department and Natrona County emergency management.* *Dr. Kelly Weidenbach stated, “We are working diligently on finding and stopping the source of the leak and to address any health concerns of the residents of Midwest. In addition, we have reached out to our state and federal agency partners for assistance.”* *The Casper-Natrona County Health Department in conjunction with the school district, Wyoming Department of Health, and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) investigated reported illnesses among staff members at Midwest School in 2014. * *The 2014 public health investigation was exhaustive and inconclusive. The cause of the 2014 illnesses remains unknown, and no scientific evidence links the reported staff illnesses in 2014 to the current situation at this time.* *FDL Operating, LLC will continue to maintain full-scale surveillance until this issue is resolved. * *Additionally, the company has established an incident hotline at (307) 462-9112 <%28307%29%20462-9112> and asks all area residents to call with questions, updates, or concerns. The contact for the Natrona County School District #1 is Kelly Eastes, Director of Community Partnerships, at (307) 253-5370 <%28307%29%20253-5370>.* We have reached out to the incident hotline and are awaiting further information. Staff reported that they will provide an update later this evening or on Saturday morning. On site, the area is secured to ensure public safety. #oilcity #news