Emergency Response Phase Has Ended And Transitioned To Repair And Remediation Activities

The emergency response phase has ended and Buckeye has now transitioned into pipeline repair and remediation activities. As Buckeye implements pipeline repair activities, the primary objectives are:

• Ensure the health and safety of public and response personnel;

• Maximize protection of environmentally sensitive areas and recovering any residual jet fuel; and

• Plan and safely implement pipeline repair and service restoration activities.

 


Buckeye Pipeline Company Update on Decatur, Indiana Incident

Buckeye Pipe Line Company, L.P. (“Buckeye”), a subsidiary of Buckeye Partners, L.P., is continuing its efforts to recover jet fuel released from its pipeline into the St. Mary’s River in Decatur, Indiana on September 8, 2018. Of the reported release estimate of 195 barrels, the significant majority of the released product has been physically collected, dispersed or evaporated.  Recovery efforts, along with air and water quality monitoring, continue for the remaining residual product.  No injuries or public health and safety issues have been reported.

Buckeye continues to work closely with U.S. EPA, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and Adams County as well as the City of Decatur emergency management, fire, law enforcement, and soil and water conservation personnel.  The company’s primary objectives continue to be:

  • Ensure the health and safety of public and response personnel;
  • Maximize protection of environmentally sensitive areas; and
  • Contain and recover any remaining released product.

The pipeline remains shutdown until it is fully repaired and deemed safe to return to service.  Local weather has delayed the repair plans and the completion of recovery efforts.  The cause of the failure is still under investigation.

Additional information can be found at Buckeye’s incident response website: www.stmarysriverclean.com.

Additional Information

  • Buckeye Pipe Line Company, L.P.’s operating headquarters is based in Breinigsville Pennsylvania with corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas
  • Media Inquiry – David Conti 412-808-1170; David.Conti@fticonsulting.com
  • Public Information Officer:  Marty White – (419) 236-7766/ MWhite@Buckeye.com


Information Site for St. Mary's River Release in Decatur, IN

Buckeye Pipe Line Company, L.P. (“Buckeye”), a subsidiary of Buckeye Partners, L.P., confirmed that a pipeline failure at 5:17 pm CST on September 7, 2018, resulted in an accidental release of approximately 195 barrels of jet fuel (turbine fuel) into the St. Mary’s River in Decatur, IN.  Buckeye is currently investigating the cause of the failure.

The pipeline was shut down immediately by the Buckeye Control Center after detecting a pressure irregularity.  Buckeye’s Emergency Response Team has been working around the clock to secure the area, contain and collect the released jet fuel, and remediate any resulting adverse environmental impacts.

Buckeye and its employees are an integral part of the local communities in which we operate.  Our primary concerns are protecting the safety of the public and the environment. No fires or injuries have been reported.

Buckeye is working with local public safety officials as well as applicable state and federal authorities to address the situation quickly and safely.

The pipeline will remain shut down until it is repaired and deemed safe to return to service.