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Marathon repairing leak in Illinois line.

Marathon Petroleum said it was repairing the 223,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) crude oil pipeline from Wood River to Patoka, Illinois, after it leaked water during testing.

The company said that at the time of the leak the pipeline was shut for testing as part of routine maintenance. The company said it was testing the line "by pressuring it up with water," and the line developed a leak. The company estimated the release at 2,500 barrels of hydrostatic test water and less than two gallons of crude oil, Marathon spokesman Jamal Kheiry said in an email.

Marathon does not provide details on the timing of pipeline shutdowns or startups, Kheiry said.

"A hydrostatic test involves filling a portion of the pipeline with water and using pumps to add additional water in order to pressure test the pipeline for a specified period of time," Marathon said on its website.

In the US cash crude market traders and analysts said there had not been a noticeable reaction to the Marathon news and their belief was that the fact the pipeline had been shut for hydrostatic testing limited any impact from news of the leak.

In a filing with Illinois regulators, Marathon said the incident occurred near midnight in the city of Greenville in Bond County, southern Illinois.

Greenville is located about 80 km east-northeast of St Louis, Missouri.

The state filing said no one was evacuated and the company was getting vacuum trucks and working on a dewatering plan. Imported and domestic crude oil is transported to supply hubs in Wood River and Patoka, Illinois, from a variety of regions, Kheiry said, including Cushing, Oklahoma, via the Ozark pipeline system.

Crude oil from Western Canada, Wyoming and North Dakota arrives on the Keystone, Platte, Mustang and Enbridge pipeline systems and from the Gulf Coast on the Capline crude oil pipeline system.

Wood River is the location of a loading dock owned by MPLX, a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum.

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Date:May 20, 2013
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