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ADEM investigating fuel leak in Pelham Creek

The pipeline’s owner, Texas-based Kinder Morgan, has shut down the pipeline as workers investigate the leak, according to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

The scene of a suspected fuel leak on the Cahaba River. (CAHABA RIVERKEEPER/TWITTER)

A fuel pipeline has leaked into Buck Creek near the Pelham Waste Water Treatment Plant, according to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. 

ADEM is investigating the leak, and the pipeline’s operator — Houston, Texas-based Kinder Morgan — has voluntarily shut down the pipeline, ADEM said in a press release Friday. 

A containment boom was deployed to contain the leaking fuel, and ADEM and the company are working to learn the cause and extent of the release, according to ADEM’s statement. 

“An incident command center has been set up in Pelham to address any environmental impacts. There are no drinking water intakes immediately downstream from this release,” the statement reads. 

Staff from Cahaba Riverkeeper were at Buck Creek on Thursday night to survey the suspected gas leak, according to a tweet from the group that works to protect and preserve the river and its tributaries.

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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