- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

STAMFORD, Texas (AP) - Environmental authorities are working to clean and contain about 250 gallons of a liquid form of natural gas that spilled into a West Texas lake.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says natural gas condensate spilled into Lake Stamford on Monday. The agency says Atmos Energy was performing routine maintenance on a power plant near the lake when the fluid was ejected from a pipe. They say the oil-like substance went into the water and splattered onto nearby homes.

It’s unclear if drinking water from the lake was contaminated. An agency spokeswoman says winds are blowing the spill away from the drinking water intake that services Stamford, Paint Creek and Lueders. Workers have placed booms across the lake to contain the substance.

The TCEQ and the energy company are investigating.

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