No injuries were reported and the release of oil from a pipeline in Texas was contained in a confined area, Magellan Midstream Partners has confirmed.
Repairs to Magellan Midstream Partners LP's 275 000 bpdy Longhorn crude oil pipeline have been completed and the pipeline resumed normal operation on Sunday.
Emergency managers in Bastrop County, located in southeast Texas, said late Thursday that those living in the 15 residencies evacuated earlier in the day were allowed to return home, though traffic in the region was limited.
“There are no injuries associated with the incident,” Magellan said in an email statement. “The oil has been contained in a small area around the pipeline release and no crude oil has reached any water.”
Magellan said its preliminary estimate of the size of the release was around 1200 bbls of crude oil. The company said clean-up and recovery operations were “well under way,” with 100 people on site.
“Actions have been taken to contain the crude oil release to minimise environmental impact and to ensure public safety,” the company said.
The company is one of the largest in the country, with about 9700 miles of pipelines for refined petroleum products and 2200 miles of crude oil pipelines in its portfolio.
Crews have collected all of the free-standing crude oil after about 50 000 gal. (189 000 l) leaked when a contractor using heavy equipment hit the underground pipeline.
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