(Onawa) A line carrying natural gasoline developed a leak over the weekend, with the potential to lose about 140,000 gallons of gasoline on the Iowa side of the Missouri River floodplain southwest of Onawa.
Enterprise Products of Houston, Tex., reported a drop in pipeline pressure to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at 4:30 a.m. Saturday. The pressure drop occurred at 2:30 a.m. in a section of 8-inch pipe that runs under the Missouri River from Decatur, Neb., east to Interstate 29 just west of Onawa.
Company officials were able to shut the pipeline down on both sides of the river, estimating the maximum amount of gasoline in the pipe to be 140,742 gallons. They had teams searching for the leak by 4:30 a.m.
The company is pumping the gasoline that remains in the pipeline into trucks.
The DNR is not considering enforcement actions.
August 15, 2011