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Shell pipeline hit, spills 100 barrels of crude oil in Port Neches
PORT NECHES - A Shell spokeswoman says a crew is working to clean up 100 barrels of crude oil that spilled during an accidental pipeline break.
The pipeline is in an open pasture on Huntsman plant property, near the intersection of State Highway 136 and Farm to Market Road 366 in Port Neches. A Huntsman shift supervisor said a Shell contractor hit the Shell crude oil pipeline, which caused it to break.
Destin Singleton, a Shell spokeswoman, says Shell immediately shut down and isolated the pipeline.
Huntsman shift supervisor Charles Downs explained that the Shell contractor hit the Shell crude pipeline and that's when the line broke.
Downs said the break happened at about 3:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. Thursday. He said Shell workers were on site and that no injuries had been reported. Downs said the oil spill hasn't affected Huntsman's operations.
Singleton said crews are using equipment including absorbent booms to contain the crude.
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SEE SHELL'S ORIGINAL STATEMENT BELOW:
"I can confirm that on the afternoon of March 6, crew members working in the vicinity of the Houston-to-Houma pipeline, accidently pierced the line in an open pasture near the intersection of Highway 136 and Interstate 366 in Port Neches, TX. As a result, approximately 100 barrels of crude oil was released in the vicinity. Shell Pipeline immediately shut down and isolated the line following the incident. Emergency crews and first responders have been deployed and are on the scene using equipment including absorbent booms to contain the crude.
The appropriate local, state and federal agencies have been notified.
A release of any amount of oil is something Shell takes very seriously. We will continue to work closely with Federal, State and local authorities as we move forward in our response efforts.
Protection of the workers, the communities where we operate, and the environment remain our top priorities," said Destin Singleton, a Shell spokeswoman.