Sunoco Pipeline Bursts in LA

Friday, October 17, 2014 @ 03:10 PM gHale

Sunoco Logistics Partners LP shut a segment of its Mid-Valley Pipeline between Longview, Texas, and Mayersville, Mississippi, after it spilled as much as 4,000 barrels of crude Monday.

The Mid-Valley line carried about 228,000 barrels of crude a day through Louisiana in July, the most recent month for which data is available, according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

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After shutting the Longview-Mayersville segment following yesterday’s spill, Sunoco closed the entire Mid-Valley line for 48 hours of planned maintenance because of a refinery turnaround, Lawson said.

This is the second time this year Sunoco has had to shut a section of the Mid-Valley because of a spill. The 20-inch pipe leaked 240 barrels of crude near Colerain Township, Ohio, in March.

A massive cleanup is now underway in Mooringsport, LA, the site of the spill. Residents ended up told late Monday night an oil pipeline had ruptured.

A Louisiana state police said workers were able to contain the spill immediately, but an estimated 4,000 barrels of oil released. Sunoco said the size of the spill is not yet available.

It is already one of the largest pipeline spills of the year according to federal records, but the cause of the leak still remains a mystery.

Crews have brought in equipment to help mediate the spill. The pipeline remains shut off and while workers clean up the area.

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