Hose bursts at refinery in Anacortes, causes oil spill

Staff writerMarch 15, 2014 

UPDATE: The Seattle Times reports that the spill was entirely contained to the site and no oil spilled into local waters. About 6,300 gallons of crude oil spilled in the incident, the report says.

ORIGINAL POST: The state Department of Ecology and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to an oil spill at the Shell refinery in Anacortes on Saturday.

The spill happened after a hose used to transfer crude oil from a storage tank to a pipeline burst, according to a news release.

The refinery reported the incident at 9:30 a.m. and initially estimated that up to 8,000 gallons of crude oil could have been spilled. Responders and refinery officials said in the release Saturday afternoon that it is likely the amount spilled was lower than the original estimate.

More exact volumes won't be available until later in the investigation and no threats to wildlife or the community exist, the release said. 

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