Company Continues Probe into mid-Michigan Gas Leak

May 12, 2011

Marathon Pipe Line continues to investigate why its safety systems missed a pipeline failure that dumped 126,000 gallons of gasoline in mid-Michigan.

And state environmental quality officials are reviewing the company’s plan for cleaning up the gas still in the ground.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Brad Wurfel tells the Lansing State Journal for a story Wednesday 50,000 gallons have been recovered so far.

Wurfel says Marathon is waiting for approval from the DEQ on a new system that will speed up the removal process. If approved, the system would take one to two months to finish removing the gasoline.

The leak was discovered April 13 by a man in Ingham County’s White Oak Township whose 16-acre farm backs up to four fuel storage tanks.

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