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Construction Accident Triggers Oil Pipeline Spill in Collin County

Jan 31, 2017

The site of Monday's oil pipeline spill in Collin County.
Credit Photo by Mark Haslett, KETR

A construction accident in northeastern Collin County Monday spewed at least 1,400 barrels of crude oil. Cleanup efforts Tuesday were still underway at the site on State Highway 121, between Trenton and Melissa, just outside the unincorporated town of Desert.

According to the Collin County Sheriff’s Department, a private contractor working with the Texas Department of Transportation (TexDOT) on the road widening project on 121 accidentally cut through an existing pipeline that transports oil between Cushing, Okla., and the Gulf Coast the pipeline is part of the Seaway Pipeline System. The pipeline is a joint venture between Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners and Canada-based Enbridge.

TexDOT Tuesday confirmed Tuesday that the spill had been contained quickly.

No injuries were reported. There is no word yet on monetary damages or environmental impact.