Sunoco Logistics Oil Pipeline Leaks 20K Gal in OH Nature Preserve

Last Tuesday Sunoco Logistics discovered a 5-inch crack leaking crude oil from their Mid-Valley Pipeline–and the oil was leaking into the Oak Glen Nature Preserve just west of Cincinnati, OH. Ouch. Initial reports were that 10,000 gallons of oil had leaked before the pipeline between Hebron, KY and Lima, OH was shut off. That estimate has been doubled–it’s now thought more than 20,000 gallons of oil leaked. Double ouch.

What does this have to do with Marcellus/Utica shale drilling? Not much. It’s possible some of the oil comes from Ohio–more likely from other locations (we don’t know). Sunoco Logistics is the company that has built (and is building) the Mariner West and Mariner East ethane/NGL pipelines–but it’s a stretch to compare those gas pipelines with the Mid-Valley oil pipeline. The connection between the oil spill and northeast shale drilling is this: MDN editor Jim Willis first learned about the leak at the Oil & Gas Awards’ “Conference for Excellence” last week in Pittsburgh. Jim was sitting next to an official from McCutcheon Enterprises–one of the companies called in to clean up the mess–who told Jim about the spill and his company’s rapid response to work on getting it cleaned up…

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