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Posted on April 29, 2019 at 9:34 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 4/29/2019
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Pipeline Spill, Lyon County:
There was a large diesel pipeline spill in Lyon County last week. A diesel pipeline leaked more than 200 barrels worth of fuel (or over 8,000 gallons). Some of the leaked fuel did make its way to a drainage ditch that was in near proximity.
Multiple state and private agencies assembled on-site, near Cottonwood, Minnesota. The pipeline, fortunately, was not actively pumping fuel through this particular line, otherwise the spill could have been considerably worse. Investigators with the pipeline’s owners discovered a small hole that penetrated into the pipeline, resulting in the fuel spill.
The hole in the pipeline was from a person who reportedly was shooting near the pipeline, where one of his shots ricocheted off some water and may have accidentally struck the pipeline. The individual, who is not publicly named, supposedly shot four more times in the same general direction of the pipeline.
The 8-inch diameter pipeline was repaired within hours. The real work comes with the cleanup efforts that could have costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The individual involved in the shooting of the pipeline could possibly see criminal charges as well as possibly be responsible for restitution charges.
This maybe isn’t my typical clean-water type column piece, but it's still important to consider what ill effects this spill may have on the local environment and on future pipeline projects. Just a few quick moments can so quickly change and damage an environment. Things sound very unintentional, according to the reports, but the effects may be seen or felt for decades after.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of April 22 – April 26:
We are seeing a fairly large number of tile repairs coming in this time of year. The unfortunate thing is we are still trying to work through our repair list from last year, 2018. Please report issues you see on our public drainage systems, whether it’s a tile system or an open ditch system. The repairs are usually fixed in the order they are received, so please don’t wait to let us know about issues you observe on public drainage systems, as the list grows daily.
We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.
Drainage Management Specialist