Cleanup of 8,000 gallons of jet fuel in St. Marys River continues

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More than 8,000 gallons of jet fuel leaked into the St. Marys River in Decatur after a pipeline burst.

Just after 6 p.m. Friday, a pipeline failure was reported around Monmouth Road near the Riverview Bar in Decatur. The pipeline company, Buckeye Pipe Line Company, confirmed Saturday that the leaked resulted in a spill of around 195 barrels (8,190 gallons) of jet fuel into the St. Marys River. 

A safety warning was issued Friday night from the Decatur Police Department, and residents in Decatur were warned to avoid the area and avoid smoking or using open flames near the river.

The pipeline was shut down immediately, and crews from Buckeye’s Emergency Response Team were continuing to clean up the area and remediate any environmental impact. On Wednesday, crews were still on the scene working to clear fuel from the river.

Officials are booming the river at W 900 N in Adams County to stop the spread of the leak, and also at the Allen County line. Private contractors were also called in to assist.

The company said it was working with public safety officials as well as state and federal authorities to address the situation quickly and safely.

Adams County EMA Director John August said the Environmental Protection Agency came from Indianapolis to check the air quality. August said residents could smell something but there won’t be any danger. Drinking water was not contaminated in Decatur because this won’t affect well water, only river water, he added.

The pipeline will remain shut down until it is repaired and deemed safe to return to service.

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