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02/02/04

Crude Oil Leak

An East Texas woman came home this evening to find crude oil all over the inside of her home. Liela Letourneau is a nurse at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. She discovered the mess when she came home from work around 5:00 this evening. She said she could smell the oil from outside her Springhill home and when she went into her son's bathroom, she found oil had come up through the sink, toilet and bathtub.

Fire officials say it had spread two to three inches in three bedrooms. There are active oil pumps in the area. As a precaution, the city turned off her utilities and through out the night, they're looking into what pipes are underground and active. They still don't have an exact cause of the leak.  The city also found the water and sewage systems were unharmed and there is no danger to the neighboring homes.

Liela says despite the mess, she has a lot to be thankful for, "My son's alive, I'm alive , I have a job. I have a mansion elsewhere. It's just a house, a place to stay."

Liela does have a place to stay tonight. Ironically, Liela Letourneau is the granddaughter of R.G. Letourneau.; the man who patended mobile off-shore drilling platforms.

Marie Biggs, reporting.
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