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Evacuations underway after 50,000 gallons of oil spills in Bastrop County

Residents in Bastrop County told to leave homes

BASTROP COUNTY, Texas – People who live within a mile of a crude oil gas line that ruptured Thursday morning in Bastrop County have been told to evacuate.

Officials with Magellan Midstream Partner said they believe approximately 1,200 barrels (50,400 gallons) of oil spilled.

The break occurred just before 9 a.m. in the 400 block of FM 20. The road is now closed.

For those being evacuated, a shelter has opened at River Valley Christian Fellowship.

The cause of the rupture remains under investigation.

Below is a statement from the company:

Shortly before 9 a.m. CST this morning, a contractor working on Magellan’s Longhorn pipeline system struck a fitting on the pipeline approximately 4 miles southwest of Bastrop, TX causing a release. The incident occurred when the contractor was conducting maintenance activities on the pipeline, which was in service at the time. The preliminary volume estimate of the release is 1,200 barrels. The pipeline was immediately and safely shut down and the line segment has been isolated. Efforts are in progress to contain the crude oil release to minimize environmental impact and to ensure public safety. As a safety precaution, several families near the site have temporarily evacuated and a section of FM 20 has been closed. There are no injuries associated with the incident. Local emergency responders, Magellan representatives, clean-up crews, and environmental crews are currently on site. All appropriate federal and state agencies have been notified. Clean-up activities will be underway this morning.