Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Temporary repairs completed, company says.
Buckeye Pipe Line Co. said the temporary repair to the damaged section of the pipeline in Hillsborough has been completed, and the pipeline was put back in service at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The company said cleanup and remediation of the area where the pipeline leaked an estimated 2,310 gallons of gasoline continues, and planning for permanent repairs is underway. "We have effected what you could call a 'permanent temporary' repair, in that it can last for a long time," Buckeye spokesman David Boone said. Boone said the company installed a steel sleeve 20-24-inches in length over the leaking section of the pipeline, which is beneath Route 206, near the eastern side of the roadway. The sleeve—called a "Plimco sleeve" is held in place …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Company issues statement noting plans to make permanent repair later.
The Buckeye Pipe Line Co. issued a statement noting current work to repair the gas leak that occurred in the pipeline is expected to be done sooner than previously expected. However, that may be due to the company's plans to make a temporary repair—and to come back later for a more permanent replacement. "We are optimistic that we will be able to install a temporary repair sleeve and safely return the line to service sooner than previously announced," the company said. "Preparations are also underway for a permanent repair, which will be performed on a later date." DEP Spokesman Larry Ragonese said the company pinpointed the location of the leak Monday, and the repair plans include removing the damaged section of the pipeline and …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Ongoing emergency utility work shuts roadway between New Amwell and Amwell roads.
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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Route 206 southbound between New Amwell and Amwell roads was closed Sunday morning for emergency utility work due to the ongoing cleanup of a more than 2,300-gallon leak. According to a Nixle alert released by the Hillsborough Police Department, delays are expected in the area and detour signs are posted. Buckeye Pipe Line Co. released a statement Saturday, saying it has determined about 55 barrels of gasoline—2,310 gallons—leaked from the pipeline, a quantity much higher than initially reported. The leak was discovered last week and the ongoing repairs, lane closures and traffic congestion in the area has affected holiday business, merchants said. Patch will provide more updates when they are available.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
About 258 gallons recovered so far.
In a press release issued Saturday afternoon, Buckeye Pipe Line Co. said it has determined about 55 barrels of gasoline —2,310 gallons— leaked from the pipeline, a quantity much higher than initially reported. The determination was made from the ongoing environmental investigation at the site, as well as further analysis of the pipeline's pressure monitoring data. The company said it has notified the National Response Center, and local, state and federal officials of the amount. The company has been working on cleaning up the leak for a week, and said the Spill Management Team recovered 268 gallons of gasoline as of 5:15 p.m. Friday. As part of the cleanup, the work is vacuuming gasoline liquid, as well as excavating soil with gas in it…
Friday, December 14, 2012
Ongoing gas pipeline repair was expected to keep lane closed.
Update: Hilsborough police announced Route 206 has been opened between New Amwell and Amwell roads, with one lane traveling in both directions, Friday. In an message issued at 2:44 p.m., police said "Effective immediately Rt 206 has been re-opened in both directions, with one lane each way. All businesses are open and accessible. There is still emergency repair work being done in the area with intermittent road closures expected. Please plan accordingly. Your patience is appreciated." Original story: Work to repair a leak in the gas pipeline beneath Route 206 is expected to keep the southbound lane of Route 206 between New Amwell and Amwell roads closed for as much as two weeks, police said today. The lane was closed Tuesday after work …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Though still easy to get to, the shops in Sunnyland Plaza say customers aren't coming in.
Valentina Svetliskaia, owner of Salon Valentina Nails in the Sunnyland Plaza on Route 206, pulls out her 2011 appointment book and opens it to Dec. 13, 2011. "See? It's full all day," she said. She shows her book for today, which lists a half-dozen appointments. "I have never before Christmas have so little business." The drop in appointments and sales for Valentina—and her neighbors in the Sunnyland Plaza—is caused by the work in front of the center repairing the leaking gas pipeline. The work is blocking the soundbound lane in front of the strip mall, and detouring traffic which normally keeps a steady flow of customers coming in. But it's hard to tell that the entrance to the plaza is open, and truth be told, it's easier than ever to …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Company says about 25 gallons of gas believed to have leaked as cleanup continues.
Work crews are working through the night to cleanup gas that escaped through a small leak in a 20-inch gasoline pipeline, detouring southbound traffic between New Amwell and Amwell roads. According to Buckeye Pipe Line's Incident and Crisis Management Team information officer David Boone, about 25 gallons are believed to have escaped from the leak on Monday. The leak has been traced to an area beneath Route 206, where the pipeline is encased within a concrete sleeve. "We are aware of aproximately where the leak is; we are investigating to find out what has caused it," Boone said. "It is a leak, it's not a major rupture by any means." He added the area of the leak is "safe and secure." The cleanup involved vacuuming the gas and water out of…