500 Barrels of Gasoline Leak After Pipeline Ruptures in Eagan, Company Says

January 08, 2018 08:27 PM

Oil storage and transportation company Magellan Midstream Partners reports third-party excavation equipment is responsible for a 500-barrel gas leak that occurred in one of its pipelines Monday afternoon in Eagan.

A release from the company stated the leak occurred around 1 p.m. in a 12-inch pipeline that is used to transport petroleum products from Rosemount to Minneapolis. Five-hundred barrels amounts to as much as 21,000 gallons of spilled gasoline.

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The company said emergency responders remained on the scene, several nearby businesses, including a Lifetime Fitness, had been evacuated and roads in the area were temporarily closed.

But the release said no injuries had been reported.

The Eagan Police Department had tweeted that the leak presents no significant threat to the public and is more of an environmental concern.

A tweet from the department said crews will continue to assess the situation and clean up contamination. The city of Eagan said in a release Monday evening Thomas Center Lane and the intersection of Thomas Lake Road and Thomas Center Drive will remain closed while crews continue cleanup and monitor air quality. The city says preliminary air quality reports indicate a "nuisance" level of gasoline in the air, while reiterating there was no health risk to the general public. 

An early tweet had stated that authorities were responding to a gasoline leak near the club and asked for people to avoid the area until the situation is resolved. A second tweet said the pipeline had been shut off, but that the area would remain closed until it was deemed safe.

And in another update, the department said the gasoline spill was being contained by both the fire department and the city's public works department.

"We had a pretty good flow of gasoline coming down the parking lot, into the street, into the storm water system," Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott said. "Which is not something I've ever seen before in my 37-year career. We're just trying to make sure no one gets sick from the smell."

Editor's Note: The headline and lead to this story have been updated to reflect new information provided by Magellan Midstream Partners: specifically, that 500 barrels, not 300, were estimated to have been spilled. 

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