Smithville, Texas Oil Spill: Koch Pipeline Leaks Crude Southeast Of Austin

Koch Pipeline Spills Crude Oil In Texas

A Koch Pipeline Co.-owned pipeline spilled around 400 barrels, or about 17,000 gallons, of crude oil in Central Texas this week, KVUE reported.

A Texas Railroad Commission representative told the station that the spill likely came from a leak in an eight-inch diameter pipeline that delivers crude oil to refineries in Corpus Christi.

The spill, which occurred about 40 miles southeast of Austin near Smithville, has reportedly been contained. Oil did contaminate a "private stock pond and two overflow reservoirs" that are "not used by the public," according to KVUE. A 100 by 25 yard area was impacted, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The cause of the spill remains under investigation. KVUE's Heather Kovar said in the video above, "They haven't found where the pipe broke and they don't know why." Koch Pipeline said in a statement that there were no injuries.

Kovar also tweeted several images from the scene on Tuesday.

The Texas incident follows a much larger pipeline spill in North Dakota last month that contaminated a rural field with over 20,000 barrels of oil. The Associated Press recently obtained documents showing that over 300 pipeline spills have occurred in North Dakota since January 2012 without public notification.

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