Pipeline Break Spills Fuel into Mississippi River

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 09:04 AM gHale

The Mississippi River reopened after a pipeline rupture spilled 30,000 gallons of diesel fuel near Hartford, IL, Coast Guard officials said.

A pipeline operated by Phillips 66 ruptured and spilled the fuel into the Cahokia Canal, which empties into the Mississippi.

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The Coast Guard, Phillips 66 personal, and oil spill response organizations are assessing the shoreline and recovery efforts.

“The Unified Command has done a great job to ensure the safety of our personnel, local communities, the environment and to open the river to boating traffic as soon as it was safely possible. We will continue to work with the stakeholders to successfully resolve the incident,” Capt. Martin Malloy, of Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River, said.

The spill is under investigation.

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