Wednesday morning, a defect pipeline wreaked havoc on Northern Iowa by spilling almost 140,000 gallons of diesel mix. The responsible company is the Magellan Midstream Partners L.P. which now is in the middle of investigating what really went wrong with the facility. The pipeline failure happened in Worth County, and it was discovered around 8 a.m. near 390th Street and Wheelerwood Road.
Bruce Heine, the spokesman for Magellan Midstream Partners L.P., stated that the 2,300 barrels of leaked fuel came from a 12-inch pipeline system. Due to this event, the Wheelerwood Road will be partially closed for an estimated period of two days. There were no major casualties and no evacuated homes and all witnesses are safe. The authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident. The moment officials arrived at the location, the pipeline failure has been contained.
The event took place somewhere near Willow Creek, east of Wheelerwood. It is also nearby the Hanlowtown Slough Waterflow Production Area. This is a wildlife region that covers 939 acre, and it is under the protection of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. David Miller, who is a specialist in environmental issues for this Iowa Department, stated that the fuel did not contaminate any parcel of these two protected areas. The closest puddle to these regions is at a safe distance from Willow Creek. Furthermore, the Department of Natural Resources was assured by Magellan that they would drain the area. Afterward, they are going to excavate all the soil that was contaminated by the diesel mix.
The Worth County Sheriff’s Office stated that the event did not cause any health risk and there was no need to evacuate anybody or attend the injuries of any victims. It seems that the pipeline failure was possible since it is common for gas stations to lay their tanks underground. Such a deposit can hold up to 15,000 gallons. Thus the incident spilled enough fuel to provide for ten gas stations. Since the pipeline system is constantly under a lot of pressure, any minor leak will degenerate into a major incident.
The last similar event happened back in 2001. The cause of the fuel spill was a pipeline failure from Koch Pipeline Co., and the estimated quantity of fertilizer was of 312,000 pounds. The location was in Algona, and according to the Register archives, more than a million aquatic creatures died.
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