Spill taints CA marsh

A broken pipeline has spilled 40,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the Suisun Marsh.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | April 30, 2004


A broken pipeline has spilled 40,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the Suisun Marsh, which serves as a major nesting ground for migratory birds. The marsh is some 30 miles northeast of San Francisco.

The spill was mostly contained by Thursday. The rupture happened on Tuesday.

It could take several weeks or even months to completely clean up the spill, according to reports from Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, the company that owns the pipeline.

Initially the Environmental Protection Agency estimated there could have been 1 million gallons spilled into the San Francisco Bay, according to reports from the Environmental Protection Agency. California state officials disputed the estimate, arguing the amount could be lower.

The Suisun Marsh, California’s second-largest natural marsh.

The pipe runs from the San Francisco Bay area to Reno, Nevada.


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