Unified Command responds to fuel spill from leaking pipeline in Texas City, Texas

TEXAS CITY, Texas — A Unified Command has been established to respond to a gasoline spill from a leaking pipeline near Bayou Pierre in Texas City, Thursday.

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.’s SCADA Operations Control Center received a leak detection alarm at approximately 1 a.m. this morning. The Products Pipeline was shut down, and notification to the National Response Center and local emergency response agencies were initiated.

Local Magellan employees and contractors were mobilized to the release site to assist with public safety and environmental protection, and to commence pipeline isolation, product containment and recovery activities. The gasoline release volume and the cause of the pipeline failure are currently under investigation.

Moses Lake which is near to the spill area has not been affected, and the main levee gate to the lake has been secured. Approximately 30 homes have been evacuated in the vicinity of the spill. No injuries have been reported.

Garner Environmental Services has been contracted to clean up the spill.

The agencies involved in the Unified Command are:

* Texas City Emergency Management
* Texas City Police Dept
* Texas City Fire Dept
* Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
* U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
* U.S. Coast Guard
* Magellan Midstream Partners
* Galveston County Emergency Management
* Texas Department of Transportation
* Texas General Land Office

The Unified Command is investigating the gasoline release volume and the cause of the pipeline failure.

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