That’s according to officials with Magellan Midstream Partners, which had reported nearly 139,000 gallons spilled when a pipeline broke near Hanlontown in Worth County on Wednesday. The company has since reported a new estimate of nearly 47,000 gallons to federal authorities.
Magellan spokesman Tom Byers says the defective portion of the 12-inch pipeline was cut out, and a new portion welded into place, allowing operations to resume on Saturday.
“Clean up is ongoing on the site and that includes the removal of contaminated soil. We’ll be removing that soil and replacing it with clean soil,” Byers says. The company reached the new estimate by calculating how much diesel had to be pumped in to get the pipeline back online.
A spokesman for the Iowa DNR has said the diesel did not reach any bodies of water. Contaminated snow and diesel were hauled to a facility in Minneapolis. The tainted soil is going to a landfill near Lake Mills.
(Thanks to Sarah Boden, Iowa Public Radio)