GREEN BAY, Wis.-- Gasoline has stopped flowing into Green Bay this week after a leak was discovered in a Washington County section of a regional pipeline.
Some locally owned stations in Green Bay might be out of gasoline by the weekend, Klemm Tank Lines President Greg Klimek said Thursday.
Green Bay-based Klemm Tank Lines, the largest petroleum products hauler in the state, started sending tanker trucks on Thursday to Milwaukee and Madison to help supply their customer stations in the Green Bay region, Klimek said.
West Shore Pipe Line Co. officials said Thursday that its crews are removing contaminated soil from the site of the pipeline break north of Western Ave. near Maple Road.
The location of the leak in West Shore's pipe was confirmed Wednesday, said Patrick Hodgins, director of health, safety, security and environment for West Shore.
The pipeline, which carries around 70,000 barrels of refined gasoline, jet fuel and diesel each day from Chicago to Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay, remains shut down north of Milwaukee.
Monitoring equipment detected a drop in pressure in the line around 11 a.m. Tuesday, and flow was halted within 3 minutes, Hodgins said. There is no estimate yet of the volume of gasoline that leaked out of the line.
West Shore is monitoring air and ground water in the immediate vicinity of the leak but has not detected any public health risk, he said.
No gasoline contaminants were found in testing of private wells at four nearby residences.
Repairs are expected to be completed within the next few days, Hodgins said.
West Shore Pipe Line Co. is based in Arlington Heights, Ill.