Sunoco Gasoline Pipeline Leaks 55,000 Gallons in Pennsylvania

Loyalsock Creek in Pennsylvania, by Ruhrfisch - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Loyalsock Creek in Pennsylvania, by Ruhrfisch - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

A pipeline in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania ruptured early Friday morning and spilled an estimated 55,000 gallons of gasoline into a tributary of Loyalsock Creek.

The pipeline rupture was a result of flashfloods and landslides during heavy rainfall on Thursday night, according to a report by the Department of Environmental Protection.

Sunoco Logistics, owner of the ruptured pipeline, detected a decrease in pressure on the eight-inch line at around 3:00am on Friday morning and immediately responded by shutting down the pipeline and sending emergency response crews to the site.

The severe flooding from rainfall is keeping emergency crews from being able to inspect and locate the rupture on the line. Environmental officials said they would have to wait until the flooding recedes before a break on the line can be found.

Environmental officials have asked several towns near the area to shut off or conserve their water sources as a precaution.

The affected pipeline was originally built in 1937, according to Sunoco spokesman Jeff Shields. He added that the sections of pipe in the area of rupture were replaced in 1992 and 2011.

Sunoco crews plan to use skimmers to remove gasoline from the water surface and use containment booms downstream.

According to Reuters data, Sunoco Logistics spills crude more often than any of its competitors, having a record of more than 200 leaks since 2010.

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