Gov. Mary Fallin declares state of emergency over Pawhuska gas purge

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PAWHUSKA, Okla. - Quick facts:

  • An investigation continues into a gas purge located near a Pawhuska Public Schools building.
  • A gas purge takes place when an agency works to clear a gas conduit of air or gas.
  • Federal and state agencies say they are working to plug impacted geothermal wells in the area that are leaking methane.
  • The first day of school in Pawhuska was slated for last Thursday.
  • Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency there Monday.
  • She said state agencies may make emergency acquisitions in order to ensure the public's "peace, health and safety."
  • School remain closed through Friday, August 25.

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