Exxon Mobil Corp has shut the 160,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) North Line crude oil pipeline in Louisiana after a leak spilled 1,900 barrels of crude oil in a rural area over the weekend, affecting a conduit that supplies the nation’s third-largest refinery.
The 22-inch line originates in St. James, Louisiana, and provides shippers with access to oil from the giant Louisiana Offshore Oil Port and crude from offshore platforms, according to Exxon’s website.
It was unclear Monday, the second full day the North Line was shut, how long it might be down. The line pumps crude to ExxonMobil’s 502,000 barrel per day (bpd) Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery as well as a handful of other plants.
The U.S. pipeline regulator said it had sent an inspector to investigate the leak, but has not issued any orders that would prevent Exxon from resuming operations when it is ready. The company said it had contained the oil in the “immediate area”.