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November 6, 2013

UPDATE: Equipment attached to pipeline leaked 10 barrels of crude oil

Pipeline still in service

GREENVILLE — A break in a piece of equipment attached to a crude oil pipeline north of Greenville overnight forced one family to evacuate, after the oil covered their home.

"Late last night, a leak was detected in a piece of equipment attached to a crude oil pipeline that runs through Greenville," Plains All American Pipeline said in a released statement. "Before it was stopped, this leak caused an estimated 10 barrels of crude oil to spray into the air and subsequently impact some of the surrounding area, including one home."

Hunt County Emergency Management Coordinator/Director of Homeland Security Richard Hill said the first call came in at 11:39 p.m. Tuesday about the break on the Plains Pipeline, on FM 118, about six miles north of Greenville and just north of County Road 4304. Hill said a one-inch steel pipe, under high pressure, which leads into an above ground "valving station", ruptured, causing crude oil to spray up to 40 feet into air.

The resulting spray carried over to a nearby residence and the occupants were relocated. Hill credited the Wolfe City Fire Department for its response and also the pipeline company for being able to contain the leak within a few hours.

"Residents from this home have temporarily relocated while we finish clean-up efforts," Plains Pipeline said in the statement. "We immediately activated our emergency response plan and are working diligently to clean up the crude oil and restore the area. The pipeline itself was not damaged and is currently in service."

No injuries were reported, although Hill said  it will take several days to clean up the spill.

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