Water vapor spewing from Chickasha oil rig
Photo courtesy of Grady County Emergency Management

CHICKASHA, Okla. — Continental Resources is in the process of containing a water vapor leak from a Chickasha oil rig. 

The Grady County Sheriff's Office and Grady County Emergency Management responded to the scene at about 5 a.m. on Sunday. 

Workers have been evacuated from the oil rig and deputies advised the residents of a nearby mobile home to evacuate, Dale Thompson, Grady County Emergency Management Director, said. 

Continental Resources said the leak was caused by an equipment failure. 

“We had a failure of a wellhead isolation tool. We are in the process of replacing it. No one on location was in harms way at any time," Kristin Thomas, Continental Public Relations, said. 

No injuries have been reported at this time. 

Emergency responders have closed areas of N. 4th St. and Reding Road as a precaution. 

Thompson said the situation is not currently dangerous. There's an outside chance that enough water could come out to release natural gas or oil products at the end. However, workers are currently in the process trying to prevent this. Should some natural gas escape into the air, it is expected to dissipate quickly due to the wind, he said. 

Water trucks are currently trying to remove water from the site.

The Grady County Commissioners and Chickasha Fire Department have been advised of the incident in case the situation becomes hazardous, Thompson said. 


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