Streets reopened in northwest Oklahoma City after pipeline crude oil release

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Cleanup is underway after crude oil spewed from a pipeline on the city’s far northwest side Thursday.

Oklahoma City firefighters were called to the 16900 block of N. Pennsylvania Ave. about a possible hazmat situation at about 4:30 p.m.

Officials say they received a report of a yellow liquid spewing from the ground near an oil and gas well site. Authorities initially determined that it was raw crude oil.

Pennsylvania Avenue was closed to traffic for a short period of time. Fire officials were initially concerned about a neighborhood to the north of the release, as high winds carried the oil in the air, however the neighborhood was not evacuated.

By 5:30 p.m., Pennsylvania Ave. was completely open.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is waiting for the owner of the site to arrive on the scene.

The OCC said the release was crude oil from a Sunoco Pipeline, running adjacent to a natural gas booster station operated by DCP Midstream. A DCP spokesperson said it has no control over the Sunoco pipeline, but that it is assisting in the cleanup.

“We did have a small release of crude earlier this evening,” said Sunoco spokesperson Vicki Granado in an emailed statement. “The section of the line has been isolated and the area contained. We are in the process of bringing the appropriate resources onsite to fully remediate the area and make repairs. Once that is complete the line will be returned to service.”

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