138,000 Gallons Of Diesel Fuel Leaks From Underground Pipeline In Iowa

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Work Crews clean up the diesel fuel spill after a pipeline broke in Worth County, Iowa on Wednesday.

Approximately 138,000 gallons of diesel fuel has leaked from an underground pipeline which runs through multiple Midwestern states.

The pipeline, owned by Magellan Midstream Partners, had first been spotted leaking Wednesday morning in a farm field in north-central Worth County, Iowa.

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Iowa Department of Natural Resources arrived at the site as well as representatives of Magellan and other local officials.

The leak occurred when the pipeline ruptured and diesel sprayed out, a spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources told the Register.

“It’s a big one — it’s significant,” Jeff Vansteenburg of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources told the Des Moines Register.

“The product is under pressure, so as soon as a leak develops, it starts coming out pretty fast,” Vansteenburg said at a Wednesday evening news conference. “Vacuum trucks are sucking up as much liquid as they can and taking that down to Magellan’s terminal. … Once they’ve recovered all the free product that they can then they will go in and remove contaminated soil.”

Thankfully, the diesel had not reached nearby Willow Creek or a wildlife protection area.

As the public media project Inside Energy has reported, “According to data from federal regulators, there is actually a low probability of a pipeline accident. But when there is an accident, the impact can be huge.”

By early Wednesday afternoon, crews had removed about 25,000 gallons of oil.

Source & Photo Credit: NPR

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