Shell’s Ho-Ho Pipeline Shut Down After a Leak in Texas
Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A) said that its construction crew workers punctured a hole in its Houston-Houma pipeline; the pipeline, known as the Ho-Ho line in southeastern Texas, leaked about 364 barrels of oil on Thursday after the accident, according to Reuters and Wall Street Journal reports Friday.
The accident occurred in an open pasture on the Huntsman plant property in Port Neches, Texas; a Shell spokesperson, Destin Singleton, said that the pipeline, which transports oil from Texas east into Louisiana, was shut down immediately following the incident. Emergency crews and first responders were deployed to the site and are currently utilizing absorbent booms to contain the oil, Shell said.
Charles Downs, the Huntsman shift supervisor said the break happened at about 3:30 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. on Thursday and that no one had been injured; he said the spill hasn’t affected operations at the Huntsman plant, although the pipeline has been shut down, according to local news source KFDM, which is based in Southeastern Texas.