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Pipeline in Palos Park Was Corroded: Company Rep

Buckeye Partners told the Village of Palos Park that the pipe had external corrosion, according to a report.

A representative of the company that operates an underground pipeline running through Palos Park told village officials corrosion caused a section of underground fuel pipe to burst on Aug. 27, the Regional News reports.

Patrick Hodgins of Buckeye Partners spoke with the village board last week state and federal agencies found external corrosion lead to the failure in the pipe that spilled more than 30,000 gallons of jet fuel, according to the report. The agencies investigations also found it to be an isolated incident.

All 26 miles of the pipeline will be tested, the Regional News reports:

“Usually we do testing in the section that was impacted,” Hodgins said. “But as a result of what happened [the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration] determined we were going to test 26 miles of the pipe, not just that section. Instead of doing a hydro test, we did what is called a spike test. That’s a more high-pressured test. The spike test is designed to look for weak spots. We have no weak spots and no breaks.”

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