MO Pipeline Leak Worse than Thought

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 01:01 PM gHale


Workers investigate a pipeline oil spill that leaked thousands of gallons of crude oil near Everton, MO.

Workers investigate a pipeline oil spill that leaked thousands of gallons of crude oil near Everton, MO.

An Everton, MO, highway remains closed to traffic after a pipeline leaked thousands of gallons of crude oil Saturday morning, officials said.

Crews are working to vacuum up the spill; the company that owns the pipeline, Enbridge Energy, said they are not sure when the cleanup will end up completed. The pipeline that ruptured is a 22-inch diameter pipe.

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The pipeline failure happened at the Ozark Pipeline that carries oil from Cushing, OK to refineries in Wood River, IL.

Saturday morning, a leak-detection alarm let them know there had been a failure in the pipeline system.

“Response efforts were initiated immediately,” said David Hodgins with Enbridge Energy.

The company said 365 barrels, or 15,330 gallons, of crude oil spilled as a result of the leak.

Enbridge says it doesn’t think the 67-year-old pipeline needs to end up replaced altogether.

“We understand the land owner concerns, and we’re taking every measure to protect the well water and the ground water,” Hodgins said.

Enbridge is working round the clock on cleanup. In addition, the Department of Natural Resources is also helping.



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