Construction crew members accidentally punctured
the Ho-Ho line near Port Neches, Texas, about 100 miles east of
Houston, on Thursday afternoon, releasing about 364 barrels of
"I am unable to speculate on how long the line will remain shut
down," said Destin Singleton, a Shell spokeswoman.
The company has deployed absorbent booms and vacuum trucks to
the site of the leak to contain and recover the crude, Singleton
The Ho-Ho system, which includes a 360,000 barrels-per-day (bpd)
pipeline from Port Neches, Texas, to Houma, Louisiana, was shut
for planned maintenance earlier this year, barely a month after
Shell reversed the line's flow and began commercial service.
The pipeline system also includes a 500,000 bpd line from Houma
to the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port's (LOOP) Clovelly hub in
Louisiana, and a 300,000-bpd segment from Houma to St. James,
Shell had discovered another leak near one of the pipeline's
pumping stations in Channelview, Texas, in February.
(Reporting by Selam Gebrekidan;
editing by G. Crosse)
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