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Pennsylvania oil pipeline spill disrupts local water supplies

24 October 2016

A pipeline breach leaked about 1,300 barrels (250,000 litres) of gasoline into a tributary of the Susquehanna River in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, state environmental authorities said on October 21. The leak caused the local water company to warn customers to reduce water use as a precaution.

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Pennsylvania American Water said it would notify customers when its water conservation notice is lifted.

The breach occurred in a Sunoco Logistics Partners LP pipeline in the area of Gamble Township, around 100 miles (160 kms) north of Harrisburg, according to state authorities, as a result of floods and landslides during heavy rainfall.

"Crews will use skimmers to remove gasoline from the top of affected waterways and will erect containment booms downstream," Sunoco Logistics said in a statement.

A drop in pressure on the eight-inch pipeline was detected by the Sunoco Logistics Control Center shortly after 3 a.m. on Friday. The pipeline was shut down and emergency response personnel dispatched to the scene, Sunoco Logistics said.

Sunoco Logistics spills crude more often than any of its competitors with more than 200 leaks since 2010, according to a Reuters analysis of government data.

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