Third North American Oil Spill in a Week as Shell Pipeline Breaks Near Houston TX

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Another oil spill has occurred in the U.S., the third in a week. Thousands of gallons of oil spills after a Shell pipeline breaks near Houston, Texas. The oil reportedly entered a waterway that connects to the Gulf of Mexico. This comes after an ExxonMobil spill in Mayflower, Ark., and one in Ontario, Canada, after a train derailment.

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. Source

 Third North American Oil Spill in a Week as Shell Pipeline Breaks Near Houston TX
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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.
  • Brandy

    haha, good! I hope all those redneck hicks die of cancer and other assorted incurable diseases after it seeps into their ground water.