A million gallons of diesel
fuel has spilled out of a pipeline and into a portion of California’s San
Bay, media outlets
reported April 29.
The spill was caused by a rupture
in the pipeline owned by energy company Kinder-Morgan, which operates
more than 35,000 miles of pipelines across the United States.
A pipeline operated by the same company split open in the
Phoenix area in August.
The fuel fell into a marshy
wetland area that borders Suisun Bay, the extreme eastern arm of the San
Francisco Bay, which borders Solano County on the north and Contra Costa County
on the south. Both the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers empty into the Suisun
Bay, which is about 25 miles northeast of the city of San Francisco.
KPIX-TV reported that
the pipeline runs from Concord to Sacramento. Kinder-Morgan told the station
that the 14-inch pipe was shut down and that cleanup crews were en route.
The spill comes at a time when diesel prices in California
are already the highest in the nation. This week, the federal Department of Energy said the
national average price of diesel was $1.718; however, in California, it was
Earlier this week, a group of
independent truckers pulled their rigs off the road and protested the high fuel
prices and low freight rates.
How the California pipeline break will affect fuel prices is
not yet known. But the Phoenix pipeline break in August caused a major fuel
shortage in Arizona that disrupted commerce and resulted in panic buying. That
pipeline carried only 60,000 gallons a day, a fraction of what spilled in the
San Francisco area.
That Kinder-Morgan pipeline ruptured again during tests
later the same month.