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UPDATE -Sunoco Oil Pipeline Leaks in Ohio Nature Preserve

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This is what always happens with pipelines!

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Kit B (276)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 11:41 am
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March 18 (Reuters) - Clean-up operations began on Tuesday after a major oil pipeline owned by Sunoco Logistics Partners LP leaked hundreds of barrels of crude oil into a nature preserve next to the Great Miami River in southwest Ohio.

Crews vacuumed oil that had leaked from the Mid-Valley pipeline into a wetland area of the Oak Glen Nature Preserve, 20 miles (32 km) north of Cincinnati, according to local officials.

The 240-barrel (10,000-gallons/38,000-liter) spill has been contained, Sunoco said in a statement.

The leak was discovered at 8:20 p.m. EDT on Monday (0020 GMT Tuesday) and the line was shut around 1 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sunoco said. It was unclear if any oil was still spewing from the pipe.

The spill did not appear to have reached the Great Miami River, about a quarter of a mile (400 meters) away, though tests were still being completed, said a spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

"The extent of impact to the resource is currently unknown," said a statement from the Great Parks of Hamilton County, which oversees the Oak Glen preserve. "The EPA is assessing the situation to determine appropriate action."

The cause of the spill was unclear and under investigation, Sunoco said. It had no timeline for the restart of the line.

The Mid-Valley pipeline is part of the company's Midwest system that runs about 1,000 miles from Longview, Texas to Samaria, Michigan, providing crude oil to a number of refineries, primarily in the U.S. Midwest.

Flows along the line decreased overnight to around 163,000 barrels per day from an estimated 229,000 bpd, according to data provider Genscape. The pipeline has a capacity of 280,000 bpd, Genscape said.

The loss of a key supply route from the south hit physical crude oil prices in Texas, already pressured by ample supplies. West Texas Intermediate crude for delivery at Midland, Texas, fell $2.50 a barrel on Tuesday to $15 below U.S. oil futures. West Texas Sour fell $4.

By Edward McAllister | Reuters |

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 11:42 am

What does this mean? -- The loss of a key supply route from the south hit physical crude oil prices in Texas, already pressured by ample supplies. West Texas Intermediate crude for delivery at Midland, Texas, fell $2.50 a barrel on Tuesday to $15 below U.S. oil futures. West Texas Sour fell $4.

Prices will go up at the pump.

JL A (282)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 5:43 pm
The country needs to get the speculators out of this commodities market is what it means.

Terry King (113)
Thursday March 20, 2014, 9:24 pm
A spokesperson from Sunoco assured the public this evening that 100% of the oil leaked into the nature preserve was not only natural, but organic.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 21, 2014, 2:14 am
It's amazing that this can still happen with all the knowledge & technology we possess. We're obviously not as clever as we think.

Rose Becke (141)
Friday March 21, 2014, 2:18 am
True Geoff

Sylvie A (193)
Friday March 21, 2014, 3:51 am
Il faut vraiment mettre fin cette exploitation.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 21, 2014, 4:38 am
Noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 21, 2014, 5:09 am
We can't afford devastating our homeland

Sheryl G (364)
Friday March 21, 2014, 8:54 am
What is sad is we don't even have to have this happen in order to get our energy sources. As long as our Nation still gives subsidies to the fossil fuels, allows the leadership to be bought and sold to the Oil Barons, and we fail to have a serious National Policy to go to truly green energies, we will keep learning of more and more of these foul sites and people's drinking water ruined, their health compromised, and their standard of living depleted. Too many have bought into this drill baby drill to our own peril.

Frances Darcy (170)
Friday March 21, 2014, 9:05 am

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Friday March 21, 2014, 10:24 am
noted thanks

Angelika R (143)
Friday March 21, 2014, 1:33 pm
Like Californians have been fearing and waiting for "the big one", you/we might as well get ready for "the big one" to come.. won't be pretty but surely an XL one!

. (0)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 10:36 am

Max Leung (1)
Monday October 5, 2015, 4:02 am
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