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Gas Leak at The Domain

The Westin Hotel, photographed in 2009.
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The Westin Hotel, photographed in 2009.

Reports spread quickly this afternoon that construction damage to a natural gas pipe at The Domain had caused a gas leak.

Reports from news outlets stated thatbuilding evacuations occurred near the site of the leak, the under-construction Westin Hotel on Domain Drive, inside the sprawling mixed-use development in North Austin.

Texas Gas Service spokesperson Lori Moreno tells KUT News it wasn’t the gas company that called for evacuations.

“We do have third party damage to our gas line at the Domain,” says Moreno. “There have been no interruptions or [calls for] evacuations. We have crews on site and they’re assessing the situation, and we’ll make repairs as quickly and safely as possible.”

 The Austin Fire Department is currently holding a press conference at the site. 

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.