Unified Command allows residents to return to their homes after Texas City fuel spill

TEXAS CITY, Texas — The Unified Command has allowed residents to return to their homes and have re-opened Highway 146 and Loop 197 in Texas City, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Thursday.

The closure and evacuation came early this morning, after crews at a pipeline owned by Magellan Midstream Partners detected a pressure loss along in the pipeline near Bayou Pierre and dispatched a team to investigate the source. Crews discovered a rupture in the pipeline, and the source was secured. The exact amount spilled remains unknown

Moses Lake, which is near to the spill area, has not been affected, and the main levee gate to the lake has been secured to prevent the potential pollution from spreading. Approximately 30 homes were evacuated in the vicinity of the spill. No injuries were 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

“All of our tests showed that the air quality was safe enough for residents to return to their homes, and for traffic to resume on our highways,” said B.C. Clawson, Emergency Response Coordinator for the Texas City Emergency Management Office.

The Unified Command is investigating the cause of the incident.

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