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Pipeline spills 300,000 gallons of diesel near New Orleans

Pipeline Spill Louisiana
Pipeline Spill Louisiana
Posted at 2:40 PM, Jan 12, 2022

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal records show a severely corroded pipeline ruptured and spilled more than 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel just outside New Orleans.

Documents show the spill from the 16-inch pipeline occurred Dec. 27 just east of New Orleans, near a levee in St. Bernard Parish.

An October 2020 inspection of the 42-year-old line revealed external corrosion along a 22-foot section of pipe in the same area as the spill.

But documents show the line kept operating and repairs were delayed after a subsequent inspection indicated the corrosion was not bad enough to require work immediately under federal regulations.

The pipeline is operated by a subsidiary of New Jersey-based PBF Energy, Inc.

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