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Pipeline Breach Dumps 8,000 Gallons of Jet Fuel in Ind. River

Cleanup could take weeks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 9, 2018 5:00 PM CDT
Stock photo of an industrial pipeline.   (Getty/imantsu)

(Newser) – A Texas company says one of its pipelines has spilled more than 8,000 gallons of jet fuel into a river in the northeastern Indiana city of Decatur. Houston-based Buckeye Pipe Line says it immediately shut down the line Friday evening when it detected a pressure problem. The fuel spilled into the St. Marys River in Decatur, a community of about 9,500 people roughly 100 miles northeast of Indianapolis, per the AP.

Local officials say booms were placed in the river to contain the fuel, which was being vacuumed off the water's surface. Decatur Mayor Kenneth L. Meyer says the cleanup could take weeks. Per WANE, locals have been warned not to smoke or use any open flame near the river. The US Environmental Protection Agency says it is monitoring air in neighborhoods and businesses near the river. The EPA said it is also monitoring water quality at several locations downstream.

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