Posted: Oct 10, 2017 2:54 PMUpdated: Oct 10, 2017 2:54 PM

Pawhuska Schools Still Monitoring

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Ben Nicholas

The Pawhuska School District is continuing to monitor the softball field gas seep located on its campus.  In the most recent technical team meeting, the Osage Minerals Council reported that the well on the softball field was plugged. Because gas is still being detected at the site, monitoring of the softball field is ongoing. and continues to detect gas readings. Assistant Principal Chris Walker, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency, will monitor and document gas readings at the High School and softball field for the next 60 days. The softball field will remain closed during this period, and the group will meet in 60 days to discuss findings and determine the next steps in the process, if needed.

A vapor extraction system has been installed to stop the gas seep issue. There have been no gas findings at the Pawhuska High School since the system was installed, and the Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 has conducted air monitoring of all  Pawhuska school district buildings, where it found no other hazardous conditions in Pawhuska schools.

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