Vectren Energy Upgrades Gas Pipelines in Muncie, Indiana

As part of the Vectren Energy’s pipeline replacement program, contract crews have begun replacing gas mains and service lines in Muncie, Indiana. The company intends to retire a total of nearly 130 miles in Muncie through the end of the pipeline replacement program.

A polyethylene (plastic) system is being installed in most cases, to replace the current bare steel and cast-iron gas pipeline system.

According to the release, the gas main will be replaced within the right-of-way, and then the service lines running directly to homes and businesses will be replaced. Nearly $2.9 million will go toward retiring more than five miles of gas main and nearly 300 service lines in Muncie in 2019.

“Construction for these pipeline projects may take several weeks to complete, and times may vary based on the size of the project, weather, ground surface/soil and other situations that may arise,” Richard Leger, vice president of Natural Gas Distribution, Indiana and Ohio said in the release.


Bueckeye's Pipeline Repair Facing Storm Delays After River Spill

Buckeye Partners LP said on Monday that they plan on beginning full repair work this week on the jet fuel pipeline that breached and spilled 8,000 gallons of fuel into Indiana’s St. Marys River over the weekend.

Although clean-up efforts are already underway, replacing the broken line will need to be delayed because of rain storms that have raised the river’s level near Decatur, Indiana, said Buckeye spokesman Marty White.

“We’re dealing with the elements,” White said. “We’re hoping to get the pipeline back up and running this week, but it’s too soon to tell.”

The company does not yet have an estimate of clean-up costs and is unclear on when clean-up will finish or when the pipeline will be brought back online, White said.

The pipeline is buried beneath the channel and it would be impossible to fully repair it before water levels recede to normal levels, White said.


8,000 Gallons of Jet Fuel Spills into Indiana River After Buckeye Pipeline Accident

More than 8,000 gallons of jet fuel spilled from a Buckeye pipeline into an Indiana river, The Associated Press reported Sunday.

The river was St. Marys River in Decatur, a small town about 100 miles from Indianapolis.

The spill was first reported Friday night in a safety warning issued by the Decatur Police Department. They urged residents to avoid the area around the spill as it could take multiple weeks to clean.

Houston-based Buckeye Pipe Line Company confirmed the spill to WANE Saturday. Officials said that a failure Friday evening caused the spill.

"One of their workers discovered a pressure drop, went immediately to check on it and immediately shut it down," Allen County Homeland Security Director Bernie Beier told The Journal Gazette.

The pipeline will be shut off until repairs are complete. Buckeye’s Emergency Resposne Team will also need to control the spill and clear the area, WANE reported. The company is investigating the cause of the failure.

Beier told The Journal Gazette that booms were used to contain the spread of the fuel, which was being vacuumed off the top of the river.

"So the goal is to get as much of the product or the fuel off the top of the river before the rains get heavier, the waters rise and the currents get faster," Beier explained. "When the water becomes more turbulent, anything off the top tends to get sucked down with logs, sticks and debris. And they're really making great progress, they're getting a lot of fuel off the water," Beier said.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is also monitoring air quality around the spill site and the water quality downstream, The Associated Press reported.

Police warned Decatur residents not to smoke or light flames near the river, WANE reported.