Oil spills into West Texas river after pipe breaks

July 6, 2010 7:12:09 PM PDT
A four-inch pipeline from a West Texas oil well broke after being washed out by heavy rains, spilling oil into a river that flows into nearby Lake Alan Henry.

Lubbock city spokesman Jeff McKito says no oil has reached the lake about 15 miles from the spill. He says the well has been shut off and the pipeline owner, Plains All American Pipeline LP, notified of the spill Monday afternoon.

He tells The Associated Press there are oil containment booms placed on the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River upstream from the lake.

Lake Alan Henry is a recreational lake about 45 miles south of Lubbock.

In a statement issued late Tuesday, Plains spokesman Roy Lamoreaux says the company has deployed five containment booms to harness the 165 barrels of crude oil that was released.

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