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Third major oil spill in a week: Shell pipeline breaks in Texas
April 7, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Third major oil spill in a week: Shell pipeline breaks in Texas

Published time: April 05, 2013 19:24
AFP Photo / Joe Raedle
AFP Photo / Joe Raedle

Thousands of gallons of oil have spilled from a pipeline in Texas, the third accident of its kind in only a week.

Shell Pipeline, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, shut down their West Columbia, Texas, pipeline last Friday after electronic calculations conducted by the US National Response Center showed that upwards of 700 barrels had been lost, amounting to almost 30,000 gallons of crude oil.

By Monday, Shell spokespeople said inspectors found “no evidence” of an oil leak, but days later it was revealed that a breach did occur. Representatives with the US Coast Guard confirmed to Dow Jones on Thursday that roughly 50 barrels of oil spilled from a pipe near Houston, Texas and entered a waterway that connects to the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Steven Lehman said that Shell had dispatched clean-up crews that were working hard to correct any damage to Vince Bayou, a small waterway that runs for less than 20 miles from the Houston area into a shipping channel that opens into the Gulf.

The spill was contained, said Lehman, who was hesitant to offer an official number on how much crude was lost in the accident. According to Shell spokeswoman Kim Windon, though, the damage could have been quite significant. After being presented with the estimate that said as much as 700 barrels were found to have leaked from the pipeline due to an unknown cause, investigators determined that 60 barrels entered the bayou.

"That's a very early estimate--things can change," Officer Lehman told Dow Jones.

Meanwhile, though, rescue works in Arkansas have been getting their hands dirty responding to an emergency there. A rupture in ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline late last week send thousands of barrels of oil into the small town of Mayflower, around 25 miles outside of Little Rock. Authorities evacuated more than 20 homes in response, and by this Thursday roughly 19,000 barrels had been recovered.

Another incident in Canada this week caused an estimated 400 barrels — or roughly 16,800 gallons — of oil to be compromised in northern Ontario when a train derailed. Originally, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd said only four barrels were lost in the accident.

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  • lga1965
    by lga1965
    April 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM

     Oh grrrrreat. @@

  • Mommy_of_Riley
    Jes
    April 7, 2013 at 10:36 AM
    We are hell bent on killing this planet
  • brookiecookie87
    April 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM



    Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

    We are hell bent on killing this planet


    The Crazy part.

    Link:


    Quote:



    Michael Hibblen, who reports for the radio station KUAR, went to the spill site on Wednesday with state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. McDaniel was in the area to inspect the site and hold a news conference, and Hibblen and a small group of reporters were following him to report on the visit. Upon arrival, representatives from the county sheriff's office, which is running security at the site, directed the reporters to a boundary point 10 feet away that they should not pass. The reporters agreed to comply. But the tone shifted abruptly, Hibblen told Mother Jones on Friday:

    It was less than 90 seconds before suddenly the sheriff's deputies started yelling that all the media people had to leave, that ExxonMobil had decided they don't want you here, you have to leave. They even referred to it as "Exxon Media"…Some reporters were like, "Who made this decision? Who can we talk to?" The sheriff's deputies started saying, "You have to leave. You have 10 seconds to leave or you will be arrested."

    Hibblen says he didn't really have time to deal with getting arrested, since he needed to file his report on the visit for both the local affiliate and national NPR. (You can hear his piece on the AG's visit here.) KUAR has also reported on Exxon blocking reporters' access to the spill site.

    I was/am tempted to make that it's own topic. Not only are they avoiding letting the media near it. When it first happened they claimed it was not in the lake. And someone flew an unmanned drone of some sort over it to film it and it showed that the oil was indeed in the lake.

    Exxon some how got all flights above that area banned after that.

    Big money apparently comes with big power.


  • smalltowngal
    April 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    This is what makes me nervous about the keystone pipeline. We don't seem to have solid regulations on upkeep on our current pipelines. 

  • Euphoric
    April 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

     Yikes

  • Veni.Vidi.Vici.
    April 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Truth...


    If they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn't be in this mess

  • meriana
    by meriana
    April 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM
    Great! And yet we "need" more pipelines according to the oil companies. It should be a criminal act when they don't keep up with maintaining the pipelines and a spill or leak occurs as a result
  • brookiecookie87
    April 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM



    Quoting meriana:

    Great! And yet we "need" more pipelines according to the oil companies. It should be a criminal act when they don't keep up with maintaining the pipelines and a spill results as a result


    Beyond that. They shouldn't have the power to ban flight over the space where a spill is (Because they claimed the oil didn't reach the lake but someone took aerial footage that shows the oil in the lake). And they then shouldn't have the power to stop members of the press from viewing the spill.

    Crazy.

  • meriana
    by meriana
    April 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Quoting brookiecookie87:



    Quoting meriana:

    Great! And yet we "need" more pipelines according to the oil companies. It should be a criminal act when they don't keep up with maintaining the pipelines and a spill results as a result


    Beyond that. They shouldn't have the power to ban flight over the space where a spill is (Because they claimed the oil didn't reach the lake but someone took aerial footage that shows the oil in the lake). And they then shouldn't have the power to stop members of the press from viewing the spill.

    Crazy.


    Very true but money does talk. The oil companies have very deep pockets with a lot of powerful and influential people in them including but not limited to some of our lawmakers. If they can keep people from knowing the actual cause and the actual extent of the damage, then they can continue to convince many that the pipelines are safe, and the keystone in particular won't cause any damage no matter where it is located, even if that happens to be over an aquifer. With the oil companies, as with so many other companies, it's all about the money in their pockets and the environment, people, etc. aren't really important at all. They just like and work at getting everyone to think and believe that more drilling and more pipelines will somehow benefit them
  • coronado25
    April 7, 2013 at 12:14 PM
    So glad there is bacteria that eats that stuff. Glad it was crude oil and not refined.