Pipe breaks, spills oil into river
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.