By BEN LEFEBVRE
An estimated 50 bbl of oil spilled from a pipeline operated
by a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell into a waterway outside
Houston, according to the US Coast Guard.
Shell clean-up crews were working to clear the crude out of
Vince Bayou, a waterway that connects to the Houston Ship
Channel, which leads into the Gulf of Mexico, said Coast Guard
Petty Officer Steven Lehman.
The spill was contained but the total amount of oil was still
being verified, Officer Lehman said.
"That's a very early estimate, and things can change,"
Officer Lehman said.
On April 3, about 700 bbl were found to have leaked from the
West Colombia pipeline because of an unknown cause, with up to
60 of those barrels emerging in the bayou, Shell spokeswoman
Kim Windon said.
The pipeline had been shut down and isolated on March 29 after
alarms alerted the company that oil may have leaked from the
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