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Cleanup of jet fuel in river ongoing

September 11, 2018

Buckeye Pipe Line Company, L.P. on Monday said it was continuing efforts to recover jet fuel released Saturday into the St. Marys River in Decatur.

Of 195 barrels, “the significant majority of the released product has been physically collected, dispersed or evaporated,” the company, a subsidiary of Buckeye Partners, L.P., said in a news release.

Recovery efforts, along with air and water quality monitoring, continue for the remaining residual product. No injuries or public health and safety issues have been reported, the release said.

Buckeye is working with the EPA, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and Adams County as well as the city of Decatur emergency management, fire, law enforcement, and soil and water conservation staff. The company said the primary objectives are still to:

• Ensure the health and safety of public and response personnel;

• Maximize protection of environmentally sensitive areas;

• Contain and recover any remaining released product.

The pipeline will remain shut down until fully repaired and deemed safe, the release said. Local weather has delayed the repair and completion of recovery efforts. The cause of the failure is under investigation.

Additional information can be found at Buckeye’s incident response website: www.stmarysriverclean.com.

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