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Diesel fuel leak in northeast Iowa

Leak found in 2.5 million gallon tank Monday morning.

Posted: Aug 6, 2018 3:54 PM

PEOSTA, Iowa – State emergency crews are on the scene of a leaking diesel tank in northeast Iowa.

The leak in the 2.5 million gallon storage tank northeast of Peosta was found around 9:20 am at the BP facility on Old Highway Road in Dubuque County.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says an unknown amout of diesel fuel has reached a tributary of the south fork of Catfish, with a gas sheen visible downstream at Cottingham Road.

“The company placed absorbent booms and vacuum trucks at several downstream locations, including Cottingham Road, to capture the fuel,” says Tom McCarthy, DNR environmental specialist. “They’ve also transferred a significant amount of the diesel fuel from the leaking tank to another tank.”

McCarthy says they expect to have the tank nearly empty by 7:30 pm, which will allow them to inspect the leaking seal.

BP contractors, Dubuque County Emergency Management and the Dubuque HazMat are handling the response.

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