Exxon Mobil: North Line crude pipeline in Louisiana remains shut down image

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) said Wednesday that the North Line crude pipeline remains shut down.

The Baton Rouge refinery, the nation’s third largest, is one of five refineries supplied by the 160,000 bpd North Line pipeline, which was shut late Saturday by a 1,900-barrel leak near Torbert, Louisiana.

The US giant said the cause of the spill is still under investigation.

The 22-inch line originates in St. James, La., and gives shippers access to oil from the giant Lousiana Offshore Oil Port, St. James and offshore Louisiana grades, according to Exxon’s website.

Because most refiners keep a few days’ worth of supply on hand, they do not expect to have to reduce rates unless the pipeline is down for a long period of time.

“ExxonMobil Pipeline Company regrets that this spill has occurred and we apologize for any disruption or inconvenience,” said Karen Tyrone, an Exxon executive, in a press release.

“Our crews will be on location until the cleanup has been completed. Fortunately the oil was contained in the immediate area which will enhance our recovery efforts.”

The US based giant said a series of special vacuum trucks are cleaning up the site, and air is being monitored for quality.

Last July, Exxon’ Silvertip pipeline spilled about 1,000 barrels of oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana, an accident that the company said cost it about $135 million.