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Seaway Pipeline Spills 600K Gallons of Oil in Blue Ridge, Texas

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Blue Ridge, Texas (approximately 50 miles north of Dallas) has been the scene of an Enbridge oil pipeline leak, dumping an estimated 600,000 gallons (more than 14,000 barrels worth) before it could be contained.

Seaway Pipeline Spills Six Hundred Thousand Gallons Of Oil In Blue Ridge, Texas

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In an interview with a local Fox News affiliate station, Brittany Clayton, a Blue Ridge resident, and employee at a gas station close to the leak stated, “You could just smell this oil smell. A customer walks in and says ‘nobody smoke.’ You could see it just spewing.” Enbridge and Seaway Pipeline co-owner, Enterprise Products Partners, issued a statement via press release on February 5 that the spill had since been contained and the pipeline was now resuming service.

Seaway Pipeline Spills Six Hundred Thousand Gallons Of Oil In Blue Ridge, Texas

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In a description of the incident, Clayton further told Fox News, “It was just super huge. It was like a big cloud. The fire marshal said, ‘This is like a danger zone. You guys have to evacuate immediately.’ I was totally freaked out. I kept texting the boss man.”

Seaway Pipeline Spills Six Hundred Thousand Gallons Of Oil In Blue Ridge, Texas

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The press release identified, “The incident … resulted in no fire or injuries and the pipeline has been shut down and isolated. Seaway has mobilized personnel and equipment to the site and is working closely with emergency responders, law enforcement and regulatory authorities to conduct clean-up operations and develop a plan to resume operations as quickly and safely as possible.” According to a prior leak report from Reuters, this marks the second such incident for this particular pipeline since becoming operational in mid-2016.

Sources:

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Eco Watch