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More than 19k gallons of spilled fuel traced to damaged pipeline

The Indy Channel -- A fuel leak that spilled more than 19,000 gallons of diesel fuel in Indianapolis has been traced to a damaged pipeline owned by Marathon Petroleum Corp.

Crews worked overnight into Saturday to cut and remove a section of the 8-inch diameter pipeline and continue cleaning up the spill site that includes businesses, a golf course and homes.

Marathon spokeswoman Sid Barth tells The Indianapolis Star that more than 19,000 gallons of diesel fuel had been recovered at the site.

Barth says the leak is suspected to be a "slow failure" that was so small and so slow it wasn't detected by sensors.

Crews hope to complete the repair work in time to allow an adjacent road that was closed Thursday to reopen by Monday morning's rush-hour traffic.


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MAB59
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Message Posted: May 18, 2013 8:28:39 PM

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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: May 14, 2013 9:48:47 PM


Something wrong with the sensors?
NedW
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Message Posted: May 14, 2013 3:58:10 AM

Thank you for submitting this article, skb69sa.
Pmgr
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Message Posted: May 14, 2013 3:49:30 AM

ok
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Message Posted: May 14, 2013 3:41:16 AM

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DanMtz
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 7:41:56 PM

It seems like some well-placed meters could help with the detection.
streetdesign
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 8:40:53 AM

Ok. Looks like small leaks can't be detected but 19,000 gallons is nothing to sneeze at.
stuman714
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 8:18:24 AM

Latest update from local news--it will now be Tuesday before traffic is opened back up in this.
stuman714
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 8:13:05 AM

They're still working on cleaning this up--have been since Thursday--and could go into late today or even tomorrow.
JeffersonState
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 1:15:48 AM

Interesting definition of a small leak, 19,000 gallons. Sounds like something big oil would say as a justification.
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 1:13:45 AM

Hmmmm . . .
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:35:33 AM

"So small" that it could not have been detected if it had been inspected. All the more reason we need someone independent to do the inspections, like a liability bond holding company holding a $100,000,000 bond.
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:25:44 AM

Oops
DeserTBoB
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:21:07 AM

Marathon's safety record's almost as bad as BP's...and that's bad.
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:11:59 AM

There goes the gas price!
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:11:40 AM

Old News.
N5EXY
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:11:24 AM

$75,000 worth of fuel does not sound small to me. I might even buy a diesel if I had that much fuel - - -
mfeldstein
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:10:11 AM

Every mode of transportation risks leaks or spills.
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:08:37 AM

great one more
boatmen
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:08:11 AM

and there will be much more and it cost so little they could care less
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:08:06 AM

Not a big surprise.
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:07:53 AM

Yesterday's news. . .
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:04:29 AM

Again and again!
mlmeng
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:04:28 AM

I wonder what the ages are of America's pipelines are?
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:04:25 AM

More spilled fuel is going to happen in the near future.
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:03:26 AM

Old News
jrschl
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 12:02:34 AM

Jrsva you hit the nail on the head there.
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:58:53 PM

Will appropriate safeguards be employed in building the XL now?
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:58:50 PM


Probably an aging issue. Deteriorating infrastructure of all types is a major problem for this country. Investment is needed.
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:57:30 PM

More maintenance.
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:57:27 PM

Pipelines wear out - just like everything else.
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:56:57 PM

just a drop . leave the prices alone.
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:56:41 PM

safety is the priority
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:54:31 PM

Quick raise prices
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:53:17 PM

One more reason we need to require no-fault liability bonds for all pipelines so the tax payers don't get shafted and the insurance companies will ensure inspections take place.
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:53:10 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:49:51 PM

Clean it up and fix it.
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:46:04 PM

Some heads should roll over this.
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:45:11 PM

Bad news
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:44:07 PM

Probably someone tapping the pipeline to steal diesel fuel.
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:43:11 PM

Are they going to get just a slap on the wrist?
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:42:57 PM

Leave it to professionals
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:39:16 PM

Not good!
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:35:36 PM

fix it
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:31:39 PM

This is why the oil industry requires oversight.
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:29:33 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:29:12 PM

pipes leak fuel/crude, distrib trucks hit bridges and burn up, it's a risky world...
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:27:14 PM

Oh boy
Carol7777
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:25:54 PM

News of spills seem like they are more & more frequent. This infrastructure needs some serious updating or we're in for a terrible accident.
DEG
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:25:14 PM

And 19K gallons is what percentage of fuel moved through that pipeline?
RoadKing95
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 11:24:12 PM

Indiana has almost 4,000 miles of hazardous liquid pipeline, including 88 miles in Marion County.
In the past 10 years, the state has had 69 incidents with the lines, plus four so far in 2013.

The 69 incidents over the past decade have caused $19 million in damage.
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