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Damage to pipeline that spilled oil last week in Texas repaired

Staff Writer |
Repairs to a pipeline that ruptured last week in Texas and spilled 1,200 barrels of oil have been completed and the line is back in service, the operator said.

A handful of homes were evacuated Thursday after the release from the Longhorn pipeline system, operated by Magellan Midstream Partners.

Magellan Midstream Partners said a contractor working on the pipeline struck a fitting during routine maintenance activities, causing the spill.

"The release, which occurred on the morning of July 13th, was not a pipeline rupture," the company explained in an emailed statement.

"It is clear that the release was caused by a contractor striking a below ground fitting on Magellan's Longhorn Pipeline with construction equipment."

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