We’re keeping count of the oil spills: We’re now up to three within one week’s time. This time in Texas thousands of gallons of crude oil spilled from a pipeline.
RT.com reports, “Shell Pipeline, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, shut down their West Columbia, Texas, pipeline last Friday after electronic calculations conducted by the US National Response Center showed that upwards of 700 barrels had been lost, amounting to almost 30,000 gallons of crude oil.
By Monday, Shell spokespeople said inspectors found “no evidence” of an oil leak, but days later it was revealed that a breach did occur. Representatives with the US Coast Guard confirmed to Dow Jones on Thursday that roughly 50 barrels of oil spilled from a pipe near Houston, Texas and entered a waterway that connects to the Gulf of Mexico.”
Coast Guard Petty Officer Steven Lehman said that Shell has dispatched clean-up crews which were are working hard in order to correct any damage to Vince Bayou, a small waterway which runs for less than 20 miles from the Houston area into a shipping channel that opens into the Gulf.
Lehman says that the spill was contained but hesitated as to an official number on how much crude was spilled in the latest accident. Investigators determined that 60 barrels spilled into the bayou, although other estimates claim that 700 barrels were spilled.
Officer Lehman told Dow Jones, “That’s a very early estimate–things can change.”