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AMOCO TO REPLACE SECTION OF RUPTURED GATHERING LINE UNDER THE YAMPA RIVER

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Amoco Pipeline Co. will replace a section of a gathering line near Craig, Colo., that leaked approximately 13,000 gallons of light crude oil into the Yampa River on June 2.

E. Richard Brewster, Amoco's western area director, said Wednesday the broken line will be replaced with a new section of pipe and the crossing will be encased in 1 1/4 inches of concrete.Brewster said Amoco crews have not determined the cause of the rupture. "Frankly, until we had the product under control we weren't too concerned about `how come,' " he said.

Environmental Protection Agency on-site coordinator Don Shosky said the oil slick traveled about 40 miles on the river but the spill was controlled before entering Utah waters.

Brewster said the cause of the break will not be known until the pipe is removed from under the river bed. The pipe is located about 2 feet beneath the river bed, according to Amoco's last inspection.