Pipe breaks, spills oil into river

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING - Com­piled from wire re­ports

A four-inch pipe­line from a West Texas oil well broke af­ter be­ing washed out by heavy rains, spilling oil into a river that flows into nearby Lake Alan Henry.

Lub­bock city spokesman Jeff McKito said no oil had reached the lake, about 15 miles from the spill. He said that the well had been shut off and that the pipe­line owner, Plains All Amer­i­can Pipe­line LP, was no­ti­fied of the spill Mon­day af­ter­noon.

He told The As­so­ci­ated Press that there are oil con­tain­ment booms placed on the Dou­ble Moun­tain Fork of the Bra­zos River up­stream from the lake.

Lake Alan Henry is a recre­ational lake about 45 miles south­east of Lub­bock.

In a state­ment late Tues­day, Plains spokesman Roy Lamore­aux said the com­pany had de­ployed five con­tain­ment booms to har­ness the 165 bar­rels of crude oil that was re­leased.

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