Experts are estimating that at least 400 barrels of crude oil have been seeping out of a pipeline owned by The Koch Pipeline Company in Smithville, TX. Local TV station, KVUE has reported that the Railroad Commission of Texas reported the 17,000 gallon leak sprung from a pipe about 8 inches in diameter. There are currently no estimates for when the pipe, located around 40 miles from the metropolitan city of Austin, will be repaired.
KVUE further reported that while the leak has not been fixed, it has been contained, but not before it spilled into two local reservoirs and a stock pond. Neither the reservoirs nor the stock pond are open to the public.
According to The Koch Pipleline Co., all relevant state and federal agencies have been notified of the leak. With the Keystone XL pipeline’s ultimate status still in question, stories like these are a good reminder of the fact that even under the best conditions, accidents and unforeseen leaks can happen.
It’s precisely these kinds of leaks that those who protest the international oil pipeline are most afraid of — a large leak without any way to predict when it will be stopped.
Watch KVUE’s local coverage of the oil spill, below: