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Refiner Delek Cleaning Up 5,000-Barrel Spill in Arkansas Bayou

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Delek US Holdings Inc., a refiner that owns a plant in El Dorado, Arkansas, are working to clean up a 5,000-barrel oil spill about 20 miles north of the Louisiana border.

The EPA has removed about 4,200 barrels of crude from the March 9 spill that fouled about three miles of Little Cornie Bayou near Magnolia, Arkansas, Jennah Durant, a spokeswoman for EPA Region 6, said in a telephone interview today. Work to clean up the remaining barrels has been stalled by rain and freezing temperatures, according to an EPA incident report yesterday.

The release, more than five times bigger than a 1,000-barrel oil spill in the Yellowstone River caused by a 2011 Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline rupture, stems from the failure of a pump that transports crude to an underground transmission line, Durant said.

“The recovery crews are still continuing to work to get the rest of it,” Durant said. “That should continue this evening and tomorrow as well.”

The facility where the spill occurred is owned by Delek’s logistics unit. The spill has not affected delivery of crude to Brentwood, Tennessee-based Delek’s El Dorado refinery and the company can’t estimate potential costs or liabilities, according to a regulatory filing yesterday.

“Based on information currently available to us, we believe these total costs and liabilities will not be material to our operations or financial results,” the company said in the filing. Assi Ginzburg, a company spokesman, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

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