Sunoco Pipeline to Restart Service

Monday, October 27, 2014 @ 06:10 PM gHale

Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. expects its Mid-Valley crude-oil pipeline to return to service this week following a big leak Oct. 13 Louisiana.

The pipeline is undergoing repairs and testing, said Sunoco spokesman Jeffrey P. Shields. He said an investigation into the cause of the Oct. 13 failure is continuing, in coordination with the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

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The Mid-Valley Pipeline delivers crude oil from Texas to Midwestern refineries. It terminates near Detroit.

Contractors so far cleaned about 2,550 barrels of crude oil that spilled from the broken pipeline near Mooringsport, LA.

Pipeline owner Sunoco Logistics put the total loss at about 4,000 barrels before they were able to shut down the line.

Oil drained into Tete Bayou off Old Mooringsport LaTex Road and state Highway 169 but did not reach Caddo Lake. “And it’s still not in the lake,” Shields said.

Contract workers totaling 270 are cleaning up the spill by employing various means to skim and vacuum it from the water and soil. Five collection points ended up established along Tete Bayou after workers built access roads in cooperation with the adjoining landowners.

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