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Colonial pipeline ruptures

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Crews have been working to repair a pipeline that was leaking into a creek in Hamilton County (Tennessee). First responders were dispatched to a reported pipeline leak on Saturday (7 January) off Suck Creek Road (Chattanooga) at a boat ramp after a resident reported that they had smelt gas.

Once the location of the leak was confirmed, the Chattanooga Fire Department sent its hazardous material team to the leak. The Fire Department has claimed that the pipeline belongs to Colonial Pipeline and that the leak was a very small leak of gasoline. It has been working alongside the Hamilton County Emergency Services hazardous materials team.

The Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department assisted with the operation by providing a boat to deploy containment booms on the Tennessee River. Members of the hazardous materials teams deployed containment booms and absorbent materials on Shoal Creek, which empties into the Tennessee River.

According to Chattanooga Fire Department Assistant Chief, Danny Hague, no evacuations were necessary since the leak was too small to pose a threat to the public or environment. He noted that the containment booms were being used out of caution to catch any gasoline that may have spilt.

According to Times Free Press: “crews used an excavator to uncover portions of the pipeline for inspection as a skimmer truck idled nearby, ready to suck oil out of the water if necessary.”

Colonial Pipeline will repair the pipeline and will be responsible for any cleanup that is required.

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