Responders working to contain pipeline leak in SW Minnesota

A small hole in the pipeline is to blame for the leak.
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Responders in southwest Minnesota are working to contain a diesel fuel leak from a pipeline that started Wednesday evening.

Pipeline company Magellan Midstream Partners says responders were called to the site of the leak near Cottonwood, Minnesota, around 8:30 p.m.

The company says it had noted a drop in pressure in one of its 8-inch refined products pipelines.

The pipeline contained diesel fuel and though it was not active at the time, still leaked some of the fuel into an adjacent drainage ditch.

It's not clear the quantity of fuel that escaped, but Magellan says recovery teams have been making "significant efforts" to prevent it from entering any lake waters in the area.

"The cause of the incident is currently under investigation," Magellan said. "All appropriate regulatory agencies were notified.

"Magellan representatives are currently working to safely recover the product. There are no injuries, evacuations, or road closures associated with this incident."

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