Another Pipeline Ruptures in Texas

Another Pipeline Ruptures in Texas


In the midst of pipelines fighting for approval, another rupture of crude oil spills via pipeline, in Texas, leaving at least one family evacuated from their home....
by Gypsy Lyn  |   Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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In the midst of pipelines fighting for approval, another rupture of crude oil spills via pipeline, in Texas, leaving at least one family evacuated from their home.  The rupture was reported after 11:30 pm on Tuesday, just north of Greenville Texas, and is expected to take several days to clean up.

Greenville is located just north east of Dallas Texas, and that pipeline is called The Plains Pipeline.  The leak was detected, and shortly after, approximately 10 barrels of crude spewed from the ground, spraying one home and engulfing it in black crude.  The emergency response plan was enacted immediately and clean up is being pursued diligently.  Thankfully, the pipeline itself was not damaged and is currently back in use. 

This rupture has followed another pipeline spill last week outside of Austin Texas. That rupture spilled roughly 17,000 barrels of crude on farmlands, and into ponds, in Smithville Texas.  Also, this recent rupture sits in the wake of the massive spill that took over a farmers land in North Dakota.  Unfortunately, this is bad publicity for pipeline proposals that are currently waiting approval. 

Pipeline ruptures and explosions are more common then most people realize.  From the year 2000 to the year 2010 there were approximately 145 recorded pipeline ruptures, several of which lead to serious injury.  However, in the past three years, there has already been 126 recorded pipeline leaks.  Stands to reason, that as the oil industry increases its productivity, more regulations on pipelines need to be implemented.

Whether the general public and leading officials will overlook the past spills and ruptures due to pipeline failures, when it comes to approving new pipelines, is yet to be seen.  With pipelines, such as the Keystone, and others that will help in crude transport from North Dakota will be highly beneficial to everyone, not just the oil industry. Hopefully, these recent spills will not negatively impact future pipeline approvals that are necessary in transporting crude.

Hopefully, these recent spills will not negatively impact future pipeline approvals that are necessary in transporting crude.

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