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Medford Gas Leak Evacuation (Mar 01, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Residents of a small Oklahoma town are being urged to evacuate as propane leaks for a third straight day out of a well at a hydrocarbon plant.

Officials in Medford near the Kansas border say they fear a fire hazard if strong winds carry the gas to the town 2.5 miles away.

The leak began Tuesday night when a saltwater brine mixture used to move the propane out of a well at the ONEOK plan spilled onto the ground, causing propane to vaporize. The company insisted the air levels posted no risk to the public and disagreed with the town's evacuation recommendation.

It wasn't immediately clear how many of the some 1,000 residents of Medford were leaving. A shelter was being set up in the nearby town of Wakita.

 



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