Exxon Pipeline Co.

State TrusteeState of Texas
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce

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Incident Type




Case Status



Chiltpin Creek



Contaminants of Concern Include


Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

Case Description

On January 7, 1992 a pipeline operated by Exxon Pipeline Company ruptured, discharging nearly 124,000 gallons of light crude oil into a 38 acre marsh complex associated with Chiltipin Creek, San Patricio County, Texas. An in-situ burn was conducted in an effort to remove the oil, causing additional impacts to the marsh and associated habitat. The case was settled in 1994 for $153,793 in restoration and past administrative costs.

The Trustees determined that the purchase of the 110 acre Shamrock Island would adequately compensate the public for losses to natural resources and habitat services from the spill. Shamrock Island is located in Corpus Christi Bay, Nueces County, Texas, and was slated for development activities. The Island supports sand/shell beach, grass/shrub xeric upland; low, mid and high marsh wetlands; and small coves and lagoons. The far west end of the Island supports a tremendous bird rookery for over 20 species of shore and wading birds. The restoration plan for this case included protection of the property in perpetuity and stabilizing areas being eroded.
 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Settlement Agreement Settlement Agreement 04/15/1994


 Study Report Assessment Report 05/01/1992

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Case Trustees

Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
State TrusteeState of Texas

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