IA Tank Farm Fuel Leak

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 @ 03:03 PM gHale


A faulty fitting on an above ground pipe forced crews to clean up a spill that released 30,000 gallons of gasoline from a Sioux City, IA, petroleum facility, officials said.

The spill occurred Friday morning from a pipe leak at the Magellan Pipeline tank farm, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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The DNR reports some of the fuel soaked into the ground, with some flowing into an unnamed tributary of the Floyd River.

Bruce Heine with Magellan Pipeline Company said the spill was the result of a faulty fitting on an above-ground pipe.

Magellan said it has “a number of activities underway which are designed to minimize any environmental consequences associated with today’s incident.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) out of Kansas City arrived Friday afternoon to oversee the cleanup.

Sioux City firefighters got the call at 7:26 a.m. Friday to the facility at 4300 41st St. The release occurred at the petroleum and distribution terminal.

Heine said no one evacuated and there were no injuries.

Sioux City firefighters and company personnel remained on site Friday afternoon to assist with cleanup efforts.

The company said “local air quality monitoring is underway and readings are safe.”

The spill did not affect pipeline operations at the Sioux City terminal.