Koch Pipeline Co. Storage Tank Crude Oil Spill

State TrusteeState of Texas
AO Bureau

Also Known As

Marcelinas Creek

Incident Type




Case Status



not available



Contaminants of Concern Include


Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

Case Description

During heavy rainfall in October 1998, the roof and sides of a Koch 50,000 barrel above-ground storage tank buckled, discharging approximate 963 barrels of crude oil into Marcelinas Creek, which is a tributary of the San Antonio River. The spill occurred 1 mile northwest of Falls City, Karnes County, Texas, and entered Marcelinas Creek at flood stage. The spill was generally contained about three miles downstream. The floodwaters transported the oil laterally well beyond the banks of the creek, coating vegetation in these areas with oil as the floodwaters receded. The three miles of creek and adjacent riparian corridor, consisting of mature hardwood trees and improved pasture, provide essential habitat to numerous species of fish, birds, mammals, and reptiles. The Trustees have completed their assessment and are working to identify restoration alternatives in cooperation with the responsible parties.
 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Assessment Plan Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan 10/02/2015
 Environmental Assessment Koch Marcelinas Creek Categorical Exclusion 07/28/2015


 Consent Decree Consent Decree (Koch) 09/30/2015


 Trustee Council Resolution Funding Allocation Memo for Koch Pipeline TCR Fund Acct. 0186  

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Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office

17629 El Camino Real #211, Houston, TX 77058 | (281) 286-8282 | http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/TexasCoastal/

Case Trustees

AO Bureau
State TrusteeState of Texas

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