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New Mexico officials say pipeline spill contained

December 21, 2018

ANTHONY, N.M. (AP) — State officials say they have contained a pipeline spill that resulted in 252,000 gallons (954,000 liters) of gasoline being released into an idle irrigation ditch.

The New Mexico Environment Department said Friday that the Santa Fe Pacific Pipeline spill happened last week near the community of Anthony at the New Mexico-Texas state line.

Officials are still investigating what caused the release. About 168,000 gallons (636,000 liters) of gas had been recovered as of Wednesday.

The pipeline is a foot (30 centimeters) in diameter and operated by Kinder Morgan. It extends to Tucson, Arizona.

Officials say the Rio Grande is about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the spill site but that it was not affected.

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