Buckeye Repairing Illinois Line After Gasoline Leak

Buckeye Partners LP shut an 8-inch oil-products line after a leak was discovered in Illinois and expects to have it back in service in the “near term,” according to a company official.

“The line is shut down until we feel we can safely restart it,” Jerry Ashcroft, Buckeye vice president of operations, said in an e-mailed statement.

The company reported about 100 gallons of gasoline spilled from the line late yesterday in Livingston, Illinois, according to a filing with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

The line, which runs from East St. Louis, Illinois, to Chicago, is being drained to allow permanent repairs, said Maggie Carson, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, in an e-mail. The damaged portion of the pipeline has been excavated, based on preliminary information, she said.

“It looks like third-party damage,” Ashcroft said, saying a farmer’s plow may have hit the line. “We have spoken with the shippers and we do not foresee this to adversely affect the market.”

Contract personnel responded with containment booms as the leak was discovered near a private pond and “vac trucks” are currently on the scene, Carson said. The line had isolation valves approximately 33 miles apart and a temporary repair clamp has been installed, halting any further release.

The discount for conventional, 87-octane gasoline in Chicago narrowed 3 cents to 9.5 cents a gallon versus futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 2:30 p.m., according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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