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A small oil spill Tuesday is cleaned up near the intersection of South Moss Road on 3rd Street in West Odessa. Courtney Sacco/Odessa American.

Crews begin oil spill cleanup in West Odessa

Crews with DCP Midstream and the Ector County Environmental Office are assessing an oil spill that took place Tuesday afternoon in West Odessa.

Environmental office officials said they were called to Moss Avenue and West Third Street about oil coming from the ground.

The low-pressure pipeline, according to Scott McMeans, supervisor at DCP Midstream, was a natural gas line that leaked due to corrosion causing oil to flow out.

McMeans said that sometimes when oil producers have an upset at their tank batteries they can carry oil through the natural gas line, which was the case with the line that leaked Tuesday afternoon.

“It is unintentional by both parties but it happens from time to time,” McMeans said.

McMeans also said that clean up would take about 48 hours and about two barrels of oil were released until the line was shut off.

A third-party environmental team was notified and would be responding to the spill to continue cleanup efforts and further asses the spill, officials said at the scene.

The Texas Railroad Commission was also called to the scene. McMeans said the commission will not produce on the report on the spill.

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