Buckeye Pipeline releases more information in Decatur fuel leak

Staff Writer

A pipe failure is what led to a major fuel leak into the St. Marys River in Decatur Friday evening.
Buckeye Pipe Line Company, L.P., a subsidiary of Buckeye Partners, L.P., confirmed a pipeline failure at 5:17 p.m. resulted in the accidental release of approximately 195 barrels of jet fuel (turbine fuel) into St. Marys. Buckeye is currently investigating the cause of the failure.
The pipeline was shut down immediately by the Buckeye Control Center after detecting a pressure irregularity, according to the release. Buckeye’s Emergency Response Team has been working around the clock to secure the area, contain and collect the released jet fuel, and remediate any resulting adverse environmental issues.
No fires or injuries have been reported.
Adams County Emergency Management Director John August reported Environmental Protection Agency officials from Indianapolis were on scene Friday checking air quality and while residents may notice an odor, there is no danger. The leak will not affect drinking water, he said, since the leak was contained to the river and did not affect well water.
The pipeline will remain shut down until it is repaired and deemed safe to return to service.