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Koch has 400 barrel oil spill from Texas pipeline

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November 6, 2013 02:29 PM EST | AP


HOUSTON (AP) — State and federal authorities are overseeing the cleanup of a 400-barrel oil spill in a rural area of Texas.

The Fayette County Office of Emergency Management says its officials toured the site of the crude oil spill along with employees from Koch Pipeline Company. Koch owns the pipeline that leaked in Texas' Hill Country region, contaminating the ground and at least two livestock ponds. The leak was discovered Oct. 28.

Fayette County says in its statement that the pipeline has been shut down and the ponds have been contained to prevent further contamination. After torrential rains threatened to create runoff, extra precautions were taken.

The Texas Railroad Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are overseeing the cleanup.