Koch Pipeline Co.

State TrusteeAO Bureau

Also Known As

Incident Type

Oil

State

Texas

Case Status

Closed

Location

Gum Hollow Creek, Nueces River, Nueces Bay, Corpus Christi Bay

Authority

OPA

Contaminants of Concern Include

Oil

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

Case Description

In October, 1994, a pipeline broke and discharged over 90,000 gallons of crude oil into Gum Hollow Creek, in Refugio County, Texas. Heavy rains carried the oil to the Nueces River and on into Nueces and Corpus Christi Bays. The discharge oiled terrestrial and aquatic vegetation, birds, sediments, soils, and other biota. The Trustees and responsible parties settled in 2008 for the creation of 2.5 acres of emergent marsh and acquisition of 24 acres of freshwater riparian wetland habitat that would adequately compensate the public for injuries to trust resources and Trustee administrative costs. The creation of 2.5 acres of marsh in Nueces Bay has been completed and the acquisition of at least 24 acres of freshwater riparian wetland was completed as part of the Koch Ford settlement that resulted in a conservation easement to protect, in perpetuity, 360 acres of riparian wetland on the Nueces River.

Credit: USFWS


Case Documents


 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date

Settlement

 Settlement Agreement Settlement Agreement 11/12/2008

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Case Contact

Corpus Christi Ecological Services Field Office

Corpus Christi, TX | (361) 994-9005 | http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/TexasCoastal/

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