Pump Failure Leads to Bayou Cleanup

Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 04:03 PM gHale


The failure of a pump that transports crude oil from a refinery to an underground transmission line is the cause of a 5000-barrel oil spill in El Dorado, AR, about 20 miles north of the Louisiana border, officials said.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Delek US Holdings Inc. (DK), a refiner that owns a plant in El Dorado are working to clean up the spill.

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The EPA removed about 4,200 barrels of crude from the March 9 spill that fouled about three miles of Little Cornie Bayou near Magnolia, AR, said Jennah Durant, a spokeswoman for EPA Region 6. Work to clean up the remaining barrels stalled because of rain and freezing temperatures, according to an EPA incident report.

The release, more than five times bigger than a 1000-barrel oil spill in the Yellowstone River caused by a 2011 Exxon Mobil pipeline rupture, was the result of a failure in a pump that transports crude to an underground transmission line, Durant said.

“The recovery crews are still continuing to work to get the rest of it,” Durant said.

Delek’s logistics unit owns the facility where the spill occurred. The spill did not affect delivery of crude to Brentwood, TN-based Delek’s El Dorado refinery and the company can’t estimate potential costs or liabilities, according to a regulatory filing.

“Based on information currently available to us, we believe these total costs and liabilities will not be material to our operations or financial results,” the company said in the filing. Assi Ginzburg, a company spokesman, was not immediately available for comment.



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