Oil Leaks into Jasper County Creek

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Authorities say about 40 gallons of oil leaked from a broken pipeline in Jasper County into a creek east of Bay Springs Tuesday before being stopped.

The pipeline, owned by Houston, Texas-based Plains All-American Pipeline LP, began leaking sometime before 3 p.m. Tuesday, when it was discovered. It connects to one of the many oil fields around Jasper County.

County officials along with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality installed containment booms to stop oil from flowing farther downstream.

Jasper County Emergency Management Director Mike Lucas says Plains cut off the pipeline to prevent more oil escaping.

Lucas says Plains is investigating how the leak occurred and will assess the environmental impact, as well as clean up the spill.