Crude Oil Spill in Bastrop County

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News sources around the state are reporting a major oil spill in Eagle Ford's Bastrop County.

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Officials from Bastrop County reported a crude oil spill around 9:00 a.m. on July 13 near 417 FM 20. The spill was caused when an excavator cut through the Longhorn pipeline during routine maintenance.

The pipeline is owned by Magellan Midstream Partners, which is estimating that the accident caused around 1,200 barrels of crude oil to leak from the pipeline. The company said that there are about 100 people working at the site including emergency responders, clean-up and environmental specialists, state and federal regulators and Magellan employees.

Related: More Texas Pipelines Needed

At 5:30pm, the Bastrop Office of Emergency Management announced on their Facebook page that people were free to return home.  The agency also is reporting that FM 20 will be shut down until at least Friday morning. 

Efforts are in progress to contain the crude oil release to minimize environmental impact and to ensure public safety. As a safety precaution, several families near the site have temporarily evacuated and a section of FM 20 has been closed. There are no injuries associated with the incident.
— Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management (Facebook)