Washed-out bridge blamed for pipeline rupture, gas spill

Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Carol Parenzan
Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Carol Parenzan

TROUT RUN, Pa. (AP) – Officials say a bridge washed out by flooding traveled the length of a football field and ruptured a pipeline last week, spilling about 55,000 gallons of gasoline into a Pennsylvania creek.

Officials with Sunoco Logistics said Tuesday that “an object of extreme destructive force” severed the 8-inch pipeline under Wallis Run in Lycoming County. David Chalson, s Sunoco Logistics executive, says “it’s clear the bridge was responsible for the damage to the pipe.”

A storm late Thursday into Friday dumped up to 7 inches of rain on areas in western and central Pennsylvania. Flooding destroyed the bridge and damaged hundreds of homes.

Officials say water monitoring has not revealed any impact to drinking water supplies.

Sunoco plans to replace a 500-foot section of pipe and bury it 25 feet under the stream bed.

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