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Contractor Hits Pipeline—-Causes 1,200 Barrel Oil Leak

Homes were evacuated following an oil pipeline leak on Thursday near the Texas town of Bastrop.

About 1,200 barrels or about 50,000 gallons of crude leaked in a Magellan Midstream Partners pipeline. Bastrop’s a small community east of Austin.

Magellan quickly turned off the flow of oil in the Longhorn pipeline and started cleanup operations. The evacuations occurred in 15 homes when the leak occurred Thursday morning. By late in the day, residents were allowed to return.

The leak happened as a contractor performed maintenance work and struck a fitting. About a hundred workers responded to the leak and cleanup, preventing any oil from leaking into any water sources.

The line carries out from the Permian Basin shale of West Texas to a major refining and export center in Houston.