OK Pipeline Oil Spill

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 03:10 PM gHale

A subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corp. reported an oil spill Tuesday from a pipeline in Cushing, Oklahoma.

The incident happened Tuesday when a crude oil pipeline was struck by a third-party contractor that was doing excavation activities for another pipeline operator, said Eric Moses, a spokesman for Houston-based Oxy subsidiary Centurion Pipeline.

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The company did not provide an estimate of the amount of oil released, noting the company doesn’t typically provide that information.

“Centurion contained the release, notified the appropriate authorities and is assisting with cleanup activities,” he said, adding repairs to the line were expected to wrap up Wednesday.

Centurion is working with other parties involved to determine the cause of the incident in order to take appropriate measures to prevent similar incidents in the future, Moses said.

“We are committed to safeguarding the environment and protecting the safety and health of our employees and neighboring communities,” he said.

The company operates some 2,900 miles of pipelines extending from southeast New Mexico across the Permian Basin of west Texas, to Cushing, according to Centurion’s website. The system has a throughput capacity of about 720,000 barrels a day.

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