Residents allowed to return home after Bastrop Co. oil spill

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Residents are allowed to return to their homes as crews work to clean up an oil spill in Bastrop Co.

Cleanup continues in Bastrop County after 50,000 gallons of crude oil spilled out during an accident at a pumping station.

However, a mile-wide evacuation order for the area has been lifted.
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According to local emergency management officials, a maintenance contractor struck the pipeline just before 9 a.m. Thursday at 417 FM-20. That portion of the road remains closed.

Magellan Midstream Partners, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has shut off the pipeline. The company says more than 100 workers are on site in the cleanup effort.

"Our only stress is that my daughter's mother-in-law is in stage four cancer, and we just don't want to move her if we don't have to. It's going to be hard on her to move her, " said Jackie Boatman. We spoke to her at her relative's home, just a few hundred yards from the rupture.

Boatman did not want to move her sick loved one and was worried about the horses on the family property. Magellan Midstream Partners then sent a worker to monitor the air quality around the house.

"I'm just monitoring air quality because these folks didn't want to evacuate, we just thought it would be a good idea to come out here and make sure that air quality was safe," said worker John Williams.

No one was hurt during the rupture.

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