- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Crews continue working to clean up a spill of roughly 30,000 gallons of gasoline in northwest Iowa.

The Sioux City Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1Xnv3Bz ) workers from Magellan Pipeline and contractors hired to help with the cleanup have been working since the spill was discovered Friday morning.

It is unknown how long the pipe leaked before it was discovered.

Magellan spokesman Bruce Heine said the spill happened because of a bad fitting on an above-ground pipe at Magellan’s petroleum and distribution terminal.

Some of the fuel soaked into the ground and some flowed into a small tributary of the Floyd River. The spill was contained before it reached the river itself.

“Cleanup efforts will be ongoing for the foreseeable future,” Heine said. “It’s going to be a comprehensive recovery and cleanup effort.”

The Environmental Protection Agency sent workers to oversee the cleanup. About 60 people worked Saturday to vacuum gasoline out of the ground and remove contaminated soil.

No one was evacuated, and there weren’t any injuries.

Air quality readings in the area have remained at safe levels, Heine said.

Magellan was able to maintain pipeline operations at the Sioux City terminal, but truck loading was up on hold Friday and Saturday because of the spill.


Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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