Longhorn Pipeline spilled 50,000 gallons of crude oil in Bastrop County, Texas early Thursday morning
The spill occurred just before 9:00 am while a maintenance tasks were being performed
Residents within a one-mile radius of the spill were evacuated and those within a two-mile radius were asked to stay in their homes
The Longhorn Pipeline is owned by Magellan Midstream Partners and is capable of moving 250,000 barrels of crude oil
The Longhorn Pipeline in Bastrop County, Texas, spilled 50,000 gallons of crude oil early Thursday morning. Those caught in the brunt of the spill were forced to evacuate their homes as cleanup began.
Magellan Midstream Partners
The Longhorn Pipeline can transport up to 250,000 barrels a day but was in maintenance when the spill occurred. Magellan Midstream Partners own the pipeline which runs from Crane, Texas to Houston.
Those who live within a two-mile radius of the spill were told to stay inside their homes, and those within a one-mile radius were evacuated from the area.
A media release from MMP states that shortly before 9:00 am on Thursday morning, a contractor working on the Longhorn Pipeline struck a fitting on the pipeline causing the 1,200 barrel leak approximately four miles southeast of Bastrop County.
1,200 Barrels Is The Preliminary Estimate
The incident occurred while maintenance was being performed on the pipeline, which was in service at the time. The estimate of 1,200 barrels is still the preliminary estimate, meaning it could be more or less. The pipeline was said to be immediately shut down, and the line segment was isolated.
Efforts began to attempt to contain the crude oil spill. According to MMP, “several families near the site have temporarily evacuated and a section of FM 20 has been closed.” No injuries have been reported from the incident.
Statement From MMP
Local emergency responders, MMP representatives, clean-up crews, and environmental crews arrived on the site shortly after the spill. Clean-up was said to have begun this morning. The full statement from MMP can be read below.
Shortly before 9 a.m. CST this morning, a contractor working on Magellan’s Longhorn pipeline system struck a fitting on the pipeline approximately 4 miles southwest of Bastrop, TX causing a release. The incident occurred when the contractor was conducting maintenance activities on the pipeline, which was in service at the time. The preliminary volume estimate of the release is 1,200 barrels. The pipeline was immediately and safely shut down and the line segment has been isolated.
Efforts are in progress to contain the crude oil release to minimize environmental impact and to ensure public safety. As a safety precaution, several families near the site have temporarily evacuated and a section of FM 20 has been closed. There are no injuries associated with the incident.
Local emergency responders, Magellan representatives, clean-up crews, and environmental crews are currently on site. All appropriate federal and state agencies have been notified. Clean-up activities will be underway this morning.