Van Buren Co. fuel spill cleanup continues

Thousands of gallons of fuel spilled in Geneva Township

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Before and after photos showing the cleanup progress at the Geneva Township farm that was affected by a diesel fuel spill. (June 13, 2016)

GENEVA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A pipe that spilled thousands of gallons of fuel at a farm north of Bangor has been repaired, tested and back in operation for the past week.

The spill happened June 3 near County Road 380 and 62nd Street in Van Buren County’s Geneva Township. A farmer drove over the pipe with an excavator, causing it to burst and sending nearly 9,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the surrounding soil, according to a release by Wolverine Pipe Line.

As of June 5, a team of two-dozen workers had recovered 8,900 gallons of fuel and 105 cubic yards of soil from the surrounding field. Monday, crews are still in the process of removing all affected soil. Once that’s done, workers will backfill the area with new soil. Wolverine Pipe Line has not determined how long cleanup efforts will take.

The company said there are no reported injuries or impact to wildlife or local waterways. However, Wolverine Pipe Line said it was monitoring air quality in the area “in an abundance of caution.”

Anyone who may be digging in an area around a line is encouraged to call 811 “Miss Dig” before beginning work.

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