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South Texas Producer Has Pipeline Rupture, Fire

San Antonio-based producer Lewis Energy Group’s natural gas pipeline experienced a rupture and fire at about 4:15 a.m. CDT Friday morning in Encinal, TX, the company said.

Encinal is 25 miles north of Laredo, TX. No injuries were reported; however, a nearby school was forced to close and some area residents had to evacuate as a precaution. The fire was being allowed to burn itself out after gas had been shut off to the line.

"We are currently investigating the cause of this incident," the company said in a statement. "No injuries have been reported. Local fire and police are monitoring the situation, and precautions are being taken to protect the safety of residents of the Encinal community."

Lewis said more details would be provided when available. The company is active in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Lewis has major operations in the Edwards, Olmos and Eagle Ford formations, as well as international operations in Colombia and Mexico, according to the company's website. Historically, Lewis Energy has been a natural gas producer, but it is also now exploring and drilling for oil.

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