Impact of diesel fuel leak called 'limited' by Iowa DNR

Tens of thousands of gallons leaked on August 6 near Peosta

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 1:50 PM

PEOSTA, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says only a limited amount of diesel fuel reached a waterway after a leak in northeast Iowa.

Staff discovered a leak in an aboveground storage tank on the morning of August 6 at the BP facility on Old Highway Road in Peosta.

Nearly 70,000 gallons of diesel fuel is estimated to have leaked and BP reports almost 40,000 gallons has been recovered.

“All indications show that little fuel reached the creek. There are absorbent booms crossing the creek at five different locations downstream. Fuel has been detected at only two of them: at Cottingham Road and near Mines of Spain,” says DNR inspector Tom McCarthy. “You can’t see or smell diesel at either of those locations since the absorbent booms were changed on Monday.”

DNR fisheries biologists say fish in the stream may be safe to eat, but they do not recommend it at this time.

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