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A construction crew working near Shell’s Ho-Ho pipeline “accidentally pierced” the line  Thursday afternoon, causing a spill of several hundred barrels of crude oil, according to a report by Upstream.

“About 364 barrels of oil spilled into an open pasture near the intersection of Highway 136 and Interstate 366 in Port Neches, Texas,” Upstream said.

She said  it “immediately shut down and isolated the line following the incident”.

Shell didn’t say when the pipeline would be repaired and back in operation.

The Ho-Ho pipeline was formerly known as the Houma-to-Houston line.

It includes a 360,000-barrels-per-day pipeline from Port Neches and terminates in Houma, Louisiana, Upstream said.

“Last year, Shell completed a reversal of the pipeline’s flows. It now carries oil from the Texas energy capital to Houma in order to give Gulf Coast refiners better access to Eagle Ford and Bakken crude production,” Upstream said.

The report said Shell may be trying to sell a stake in the pipeline worth as much as $1 billion.