All but one lane reopened on Scenic Hwy at Blount after gas spill

All but one lane reopened on Scenic Hwy at Blount after gas spill

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities say only one lane heading northbound remains blocked on US 61 (Scenic Highway) at Blount Road in Baton Rouge after a gas spill Friday afternoon.

The right northbound lane is the only lane still blocked as the road was closed at the scene of a gas spill. Officials said the left northbound lane and all southbound lanes have reopened.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported fuel that spilled onto Scenic from a pipe in the Scotlandville area.

The spill happened not far from ExxonMobil Chemical, but officials said the pipeline company is separate from the chemical company.

They added there is gasoline in ditches along Scenic and it is closed as a precaution because of the heat. They explained the heat makes the vapors rise easily and they don't want big trucks or the wind to spread those vapors.

Exxon Mobil released the following details:

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (EMPCo) is conducting cleanup operations at a product pipeline valve site in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, near the intersection of Blount Rd. and Scenic Highway 61. 
We identified a release during a routine inspection and within minutes the valve was isolated and the line shut down.  
We are cooperating with local officials, including the East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's office and local fire department to ensure the safety of the public. 
All appropriate agencies have been notified of the release.  
We regret any inconvenience and we are working diligently to ensure a safe, rapid and effective response. 
As a precaution, we have industrial hygiene teams in place to conduct onsite air monitoring at the release location and the surrounding area. 
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the release. The total amount of the leak is still being determined.
Safety is our priority.

The Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) said the leak has been contained and there is no immediate danger to the public.

Mayor Kip Holden asked people to avoid the area to allow equipment to be moved in so first responders can get the spill cleaned.

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