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Pipeline leak along Highway 87 in Sabine Pass triggers brief shelter-in-place Wednesday

The leak was reported in the 2000 block of South Gulfway in front of the Chevron Phillips Chemical plant.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — A shelter-in-place order for Sabine Pass residents was triggered for a short time after a gas leak in the area.

Highway 87 and Highway 82 in both directions were shut down in Sabine Pass due to a "small product release from a raw pyrolysis gasoline pipeline undergoing maintenance," according to the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company.

The company said the release was contained and regrets any inconvenience related to this incident. 

"Our top priorities remain protecting the safety of our employees, contractors, responders, and the community, and minimizing any impact on the environment," a Chevron Phillips news release said.

The leak was reported in the 2000 block of South Gulfway Drive in front of the Chevron Phillips, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Sabine Pass ISD students who ride school buses were scheduled to be taken home after Highway 87 reopened, according to the Port Arthur Police Department.

According to an update from the City of Port Arthur Emergency Management, drivers should expect delays due to school and worker traffic.

MORE | Alert from the City of Port Arthur Emergency Management  

Read full Chevron Phillips Chemical Company news release here...

At approximately 4 p.m. today, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) experienced a small product release from a raw pyrolysis gasoline pipeline undergoing maintenance. The release has now been safely contained. Local authorities have also reopened Hwy. 87.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience related to this incident. Our top priorities remain protecting the safety of our employees, contractors, responders, and the community, and minimizing any impact on the environment.

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