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Buckeye Product Line in Wisconsin Shut as Leak Investigated

July 19 (Bloomberg) -- Buckeye Partners LP shut its West Shore pipeline on July 17 after a gasoline leak near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and federal pipeline regulators are investigating the spill.

The area where the leak occurred has been secured and the company is reviewing the incident, according to a statement by the company issued late yesterday. The 70,000-barrel-a-day line transports refined products including gasoline, jet fuel and diesel from Chicago to Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is investigating, Jeannie Layson, a spokeswoman for the agency in Washington, said in an e-mailed statement.

Buckeye’s West Shore Pipe Line Co. is “working diligently to repair the pipeline and resume operations,” the company said in an e-mailed statement today. “We are working closely with our customers to minimize supply disruption.”

The line spilled 1,000 barrels of unleaded automotive gasoline, according to a filing with the National Response Center taken yesterday.

The closed section of pipeline is 10 miles (16 kilometers) northwest of Milwaukee.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Burkhardt in New York at pburkhardt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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