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Pipeline break reported in Worth county; 138,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked

RURAL WORTH COUNTY – A Pipeline has broken in Worth county, and thousands of gallons of diesel fuel were released.

NIT received word there has been a “pretty big” pipeline burst in Worth county of the Magellan Pipeline Wednesday morning. The location of the break is on Wheelerwood Road, between 400th and 390th Street. This is near Joice and Hanlontown, west of Interstate 35.

A source tells NIT there are “lots of manpower and equipment on scene”. Just afternoon, NIT is informed that 138,600 gallons of #2 diesel fuel were released. Workers and authorities continue to work the problem.

A call to a Magellan Pipeline media rep was not immediately returned.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources later Wednesday confirmed that a Magellan Pipeline Company’s diesel line ruptured early this morning in Worth County about three miles north and one mile east of Hanlontown.

An updated estimate from the company indicates 138,600 gallons of diesel fuel were released. Iowa DNR staff onsite report the fuel pooled in a farm field and does not appear to have reached surface waters.

Worth County emergency officials are working with Magellan Pipeline Company to ensure the spill is contained. The company’s environmental contractors are vacuuming spilled diesel fuel from the scene.

Weather conditions, including high winds and blowing snow, are impacting cleanup efforts.

Worth County Emergency Response, several area county sheriff departments and Iowa DNR responded to the emergency.

Iowa DNR and local responders will be onsite, monitoring the situation, continuing to assess the spill and cleanup.

Photo taken near the scene January 25, 2017
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