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Marathon Pipe Line (MPL) responders continue cleanup and remediation activities after a third party struck and damaged an MPL 12-inch gasoline pipeline in Iroquois County on Wednesday afternoon. Upon detecting the release, MPL immediately shut down and isolated the pipeline and deployed resources and personnel to contain the release and initiate cleanup activities. No one was injured due to the initial breech, and all residences within the vicinity of the incident have been notified. MPL set up a command post and deployed numerous work crews and assets from across neighboring states. MPL’s deployment includes more than 130 responders, several vacuum trucks, frac tanks, tanker trucks, excavators, and other miscellaneous equipment and materials. MPL, US EPA, & IL EPA have been working closely to prevent further spread of the released gasoline, as well as to ensure appropriate environmental cleanup. The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD) is also working with MPL to have local private water supplies tested as a precaution and there have been no adverse issues identified. Gasoline has reached a field ditch, where it has been contained by several booms and is being removed. At this time, no gasoline has been observed in nearby Spring Creek. Environmental cleanup will continue for some time, during which all entities involved will continue to work together to restore the immediate area. The pipeline itself has been repaired. Approximately 1200 barrels of gasoline was spilled and is being recovered and removed.

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