Shelby County Pipeline Leak Spilled an Estimated 250,000 Gallons of Gasoline

Aerial photo of two of the three mine water retention ponds at the incident site. The retention pond on the right is where the gasoline has been contained. ( Colonial Pipeline )

Aerial photo of two of the three mine water retention ponds at the incident site. The retention pond on the right is where the gasoline has been contained. (Colonial Pipeline)

Colonial Pipeline Company now estimates that nearly 6,000 barrels or 252,000 gallons of gasoline were spilled in the pipeline leak last Friday in rural Shelby County, Alabama.

Colonial Pipeline, the largest refined products system in the U.S., shut down two of its main lines, Line 1 and Line 2, after the leak was discovered by workers at a mining operation. Line 2 has restarted since Friday, and the company expects Line 1, which is currently being repaired, to be completely restarted by this weekend.

The company wrote on its spill-response website that there has been no threat to public health or safety.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Federal Government has restricted the airspace above the release location to further protect responders, personnel, and the public,” the company stated.

Most of the spill has been contained in a mining retention pond, and crews are working to remove the gasoline with skimmers. Booms have also been deployed to prevent gasoline from reaching a dry creek bed that runs to Peel Creek.

Nearly 500 employees and contractors are working on the response, according to Colonial Pipeline.

PHMSA officials are currently investigating the cause of the leak.

Source:
AL.com
Colonial Pipeline
Reuters