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Shell says Ho-Ho pipeline shut after leak in Texas

Extracts from a Reuters  article by Selam Gebrekidan published on 7 March 2014 by The Chicago Tribune

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29NEW YORK (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell on Friday said construction crew members punctured its Houston-to-Houma (Ho-Ho) pipeline near Port Neches, Texas, on Thursday afternoon, releasing 364 barrels of crude oil.

The company said it shut the pipeline after the leak. Emergency crews and first responders were deployed to the scene and are using absorbent booms to contain the oil, Shell said.



The pipeline that was ruptured by a Shell contractor (Houston-Houma or HoHo line) is one of the assets that Shell is trying to sell… they recently modified it to reverse the direction of flow. And while 364 barrels might not sound like much, the actual amount might be considerably more (it’s not easy to measure) and even 100 barrels (~16000 litres) is enough to make a bit of a mess… and incur some serious cleanup costs. Presumably, the pipeline itself is now shut down.
The location is between Beaumont and Lake Sabine on the border between Texas and Louisiana.
Global coverage for the pipeline, but not a great advertisement for an asset that Shell is trying to sell…. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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