Michigan fuel line rupture repaired; cleanup continues

The Associated Press

 

Officials say repairs have been completed to a diesel fuel line in southwestern Michigan that was accidentally ruptured by a farmer using an excavating machine to clear trees.

 

GENEVA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials say repairs have been completed to a diesel fuel line in southwestern Michigan that was accidentally ruptured by a farmer using an excavating machine to clear trees.

Mark DuCharme, incident management specialist for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that Wolverine Pipe Line Co. moved quickly to contain the spill to part of a farm field. Cleanup is continuing.

DuCharme says there were no reports of injuries or impacts to wildlife.

WOOD-TV reports Portage-based Wolverine says a section of the 8-inch diameter pipeline was damaged and has been replaced. The company says fuel was released Friday in Van Buren County's Geneva Township. Crews have recovered about 8,900 gallons and worked and deal with contaminated soil.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also is involved.

 

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