Saturday, February 26, 2011

Magellan line spills up to 225,000 gallons of gasoline in Louisiana

TEXAS CITY, Texas - Twelve hours after a Magellan pipeline carrying gasoline ruptured, state officials reopened state Highway 146 and allowed evacuated residents to return home.

As much as 225,000 gallons of fuel may have spilled into Texas City's Bayou Pierre, officials said.

The pipeline carrying gasoline ruptured at about 3 a.m. Feb. 24, forcing the evacuation of about 30 homes and the highway.

The pipeline owner confirmed at a news conference that as much as 250,000 gallons of gasoline may have leaked from the ruptured pipeline into Bayou Pierre before it was shut down.

No injuries were reported, and there was no fire or explosion.

"We could have 6,000 (barrels) of fuel on the ground and we want to be extra careful," Clawson said.

Officials of Magellan Midstream Partners LP, the owners of the line, said the company received a leak detection alarm on the line at about 1:00 a.m. Crews confirmed the leak at about 3 a.m.

Magellan spokesman Bruce Heine said the underground line is an 18-inch supply line from Texas City to its Pasadena Products Pipeline. The line is a multi-carrier product line and transports refined products to multiple shippers along the company’s Texas City to Houston pipeline, he said.

The company is removing the failed section of the line to determine what caused it to rupture.

Heine said the line was in "compliance with all laws and regulations," but would not confirm when it was last inspected.

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