The US Coast Guard has re-opened the Mississippi River from MM 160 to MM 195 Saturday after an underground pipeline rupture was secured. The section of the river was closed after watchstanders were notified of a diesel fuel spill in the Cahokia Canal in the upper Mississippi River around 9:15 A.M. Friday.
About 30,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the river when an underground pipeline at a Phillips 66-operated terminal ruptured, the Coast Guard said. Personnel from the Coast Guard, Phillips 66 and oil spill response organizations began doing shoreline assessments and recovery efforts. The incident is under investigation.
“The Unified Command has done a great job to ensure the safety of our personnel, local communities and the environment, and to open the river to boating traffic as soon as it was safely possible, said Capt. Martin Malloy of Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River. “We will continue to work with the stakeholders to successfully resolve the incident.”
Phillips 66 co-owns the Wood River Refinery, which is located in Roxana, Illinois, on the eastern side of the Mississippi River. It is the largest refinery operated by Phillips 66, and processes low-sulfur; heavy, high-sulfur; and high-acid crude oils. The refinery produces gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels, as well as other products.