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Diesel Spill Near Kankakee

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:28:52 CDT
By: AP

Officials are increasing their estimate for how much gasoline and diesel might have spilled from two damaged pipelines near Kankakee. Houston, Texas-based Buckeye Partners owns the lines. It says as many as 1,500 gallons might have spilled. Hazmat crews have been trying to keep the fuel from reaching the Kankakee River. The company's health and safety director, Patrick Hodgins, says the pipelines were damaged Wednesday by a power line that fell. The company wasn't notified until Friday, after emergency services received calls about a strong odor. Both pipelines were then shut down. The company is monitoring air quality and well water and is testing soil, but says it's unaware of any public safety risk. Residents of a nearby subdivision who use well water have been advised to drink bottled water.

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