POSTED: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 5:12pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 5:21pm
Hunt County, Texas (KETK) — According to Hunt County Emergency Management, at least one family has been evacuated after a piece of pipeline equipment leaked north of Greenville.
HCEM Coordinator and Director of Homeland Security Richard Hill, tells KETK the call to their officials came in around 11:40 p.m., Tuesday, regarding a leak in the Plains Pipeline on Farm to Market Road 118 just north of County Road 4304.
The pipeline, which is a crude oil carrier, could take several days to clean up, says Hill.
Brad Leone, manager and communications representative for Plains All American Pipeline issued the following statement concerning the incident:
Late last night, a leak was detected in a piece of equipment attached to a crude oil pipeline that runs through Greenville, Texas. Before it was stopped, this leak caused an estimated 10 barrels of crude oil to spray into the air and subsequently impact some of the surrounding area, including one home. Residents from this home have temporarily relocated while we finish clean-up efforts. We immediately activated our emergency response plan and are working diligently to clean up the crude oil and restore the area. The pipeline itself was not damaged and is currently in service.
The extent of damage caused is unknown at this time, but KETK will update information as it becomes available.