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Shell Spills Ethylene During Pipeline Failure, NRC Filing Shows

December 06, 2012

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) spilled an unknown amount of ethylene from a 12-inch pipeline in Iowa, Louisiana, after a gasket failure, according to a filing with the U.S. National Response Center. The release at 5 p.m. local time yesterday wasn’t secured and a fire crew was en route to the site, the filing showed.

U.S. companies must notify the response center if they release hazardous substances in excess of reportable quantities, according to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as Superfund. Bloomberg News couldn’t immediately verify that the information in the NRC filing was accurate.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christian Schmollinger in Singapore at christian.s@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alexander Kwiatkowski at akwiatkowsk2@bloomberg.net


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