Author: Josh Keefe, The Tennessean

On most days, the Mid-Valley Pipeline moves more than 100,000 barrels of crude oil from Texas to the refineries of the upper Midwest.But on June 29, a “bush hog” mower caused the suspension of that multi-state operation when it ruptured the pipeline and spilled 4,800 barrels – about 201,000 gallons – of crude oil in the West Tennessee town of Henderson.The pipeline spill was the second largest ever in Tennessee and the largest in the U.S. in roughly two years, according to federal regulators. It comes just months after Gov. Bill Lee signed a law stripping local governments of the ability…

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