Friday, February 20, 2009

Sunoco shuts Maumee crude oil pipeline in Midwest after spill

HOUSTON - Sunoco Logistics shut a 142,000 b/d crude pipeline linking Ohio to Michigan after an oil spill at the line's pump station in Cygnet, Ohio, Sunoco said on Feb. 19.
The Maumee pipeline was shut down on Feb 18 and it was unclear when it would restart, a Sunoco operating official in Houston said.
Sunoco spokesman Thomas Golembeski said the size of the oil spill - some of which seeped into the nearby Portage River - was not yet known.
The company stopped the leak late on the morning of Feb. 19, according to Thomas Golembeski, a spokesman for Sunoco, which operates the line. Efforts to clean up the spill were under way, Golembeski said. The exact cause of the release remained under investigation, he said.
The pipeline carries 142,000 barrels a day of crude oil.
Industry sources said the pipeline outage was unlikely to affect refinery operations in the Midwest unless it is prolonged.

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