A Koch Brothers’ pipe leaked 400 barrels of oil into an area near Smithville, Texas this week. The spill spewed around 17,000 gallons of crude, and although it has been contained the cause remains unclear. The Texas spill follows a larger spill in North Dakota last month that emptied 20,000 barrels of oil into a field and adjacent ponds.
The oil spill occurred when a pipeline eight inches in diameter began leaking in a rural area around 40 miles southeast of Austin. The crude oil flowed into a field and contaminated water in a private stock pond and two overflow reservoirs. Local authorities say that these water reservoirs are not used by the public, but the reach of the water-bound oil is still unclear. The suspected total reach of the spill is an area of 100 by 25 yards, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Koch Pipeline Co. says the proper state and federal agencies have been notified, and SWS Environmental crews were deployed for clean up. As of yesterday, the fissure where the pipe broke was still not found, although the crew onsite reported that the leakage had stopped, and that the grounds and ponds were cleaned up.
The leaking pipeline runs in a line that reaches Corpus Christie, where the oil is directed to refineries, and will remain closed until the RailRoad Commission can inspect it.
Via Huffington Post
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