Ohio River Diesel Spill in IL

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 @ 02:04 PM gHale


A spill in southeastern Illinois involving more than 48,000 gallons of what appears to be diesel fuel advanced to the Ohio River.

Marathon Pipe Line LLC is investigating if the fuel is from its network and has shut down its Two Rivers pipeline system as a precaution.

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The fuel sheen first ended up spotted Sunday near Mount Carmel, IL, along the Wabash River separating Illinois and Indiana.

The pipeline operator said by Tuesday morning, the sheen had spread more than 100 miles to reach Smithland Lock and Dam on the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky.

The company says there has been no impact to drinking water or wildlife so far.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other government agencies are responding to the spill.