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Texas City pipeline leak contained, Moses Lake protected


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Local, state and federal experts oversee cleanup effort

Contact: Jim Suydam
512-463-2716
jim.suydam@glo.texas.gov
PRESS RELEASE — Feb 24, 2011



AUSTIN — A pipeline leak near Texas City's Bayou Pierre is contained, and local, state and federal authorities are overseeing the cleanup of an unknown amount of gasoline. 

At 3:30 a.m. today Magellan Pipeline reported that an 18-inch gasoline pipeline near State Highway 146 and Loop 197 in Texas City had burst, spilling an unknown amount of gasoline into Bayou Pierre. As much as 6,000 barrels - or 252,000 gallons - were in the segment of pipeline that leaked. 

The spill has caused the temporary closure of State Highway 146, between FM 517 and FM 1764, and the evacuation of 15 nearby homes due to concerns about air quality. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is monitoring the air and is the lead agency on the cleanup effort, which includes the Texas City fire department, Garner Environmental, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Texas General Land Office. 

Cleanup crews managed to contain the spill in Bayou Pierre with containment boom and sorbent boom north and south of Loop 197. Two vacuum trucks are on-scene and a helicopter overflight of the area revealed no sheen in the waters of Moses Lake.  

A unified command has been established at the Texas City Police Command Post and all media inquiries about this spill should go to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Danner at 832-293-1293. 

The Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1991 (OSPRA) designated the Texas General Land Office as the lead state agency for preventing and responding to oil spills in the marine environment.

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