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Enbridge shuts down Ozark pipeline following crude oil spill

Canadian energy company Enbridge has shut down and isolated its Ozark pipeline following a 15,330 gallons (365 barrels) crude oil spill in Missouri, US.

"On 14 January, a leak detection alarm notified workers of a potential release on Line 51, the Ozark pipeline, at the Lawrence Pump Station in Lawrence County, Missouri," Enbridge spokeswoman Jennifer Smith told Reuters in an email.

Some of the leaked oil made its way into a drainage area some 600m away from the Enbridge property, where most of the release was contained.

The drainage area has been contained as well, according to Smith, but the company has no specific timeline for when the pipeline, transporting oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Wood River, Illinois, would return to service.

Enbrige said clean-up procedures are underway and an investigation to the cause of the leak has been launched.