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Damage Minnesota pipeline causes 8,400-gallon fuel spill, suspect ID'ed

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Published: Apr. 25, 2019 at 6:21 PM CDT
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Authorities said an individual played a role in a western Minnesota pipeline spill Wednesday night.

The Lyon County Sheriff's office said they identified a suspect who they think is responsible for causing the 8 inch hole in the Magellan Midstream pipeline. The damage caused 8,400 gallons of diesel fuel to spill, some of which found its way into a drainage ditch.

Officials in charge of clean say containment and recovery operations along the drainage ditch remain their main focus. Minor remnants of a petroleum sheen have passed through the containment areas along the drainage ditch into the Yellow Medicine River.

The company says about 75 people, including emergency responders, federal, state and local regulators, cleanup experts, excavators and Magellan employees were at the site helping with cleanup and investigation.

One minor injury has been reported - to a worker involved in the cleanup.

The incident has been referred to the Lyon County Attorney’s Office for the consideration of charges.