UPDATE 1-EPA:No way to capture fuel leaked into Missouri River

Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:56pm GMT
 

* Enterprise to send divers into river on Tuesday -EPA

* Enterprise recovered fuel, water from pipeline - EPA

* Line carried 140,000 gallons of NGL at time of leak

* Pipeline shut since Saturday

By Selam Gebrekidan

NEW YORK, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Fuel leaked from Enterprise Products Partners' (EPD.N: Quote) natural gas liquids pipeline into the Missouri River in Iowa has dissipated or evaporated with little chance of recovery, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Tuesday .

The leak sprung in a 10 mile (16 km) stretch of Enterprise's Conway North 33,600-barrels-per-day pipeline, which extends between Nebraska and Iowa.

The line was carrying up to 140,000 gallons of natural gasoline, a volatile liquid hydrocarbon derived from natural gas, when controllers detected a pressure drop on the line and shut down operations on Saturday.

Enterprise's Conway North line is the latest in a string of pipeline accidents in a year, many of which -- like the leaks from Enbridge Inc's (ENB.TO: Quote) two crude lines last summer and the 1,000 barrels of crude oil spilled from Exxon Mobil's (XOM.N: Quote) Silvertip pipeline in July -- have raised serious environmental concerns.   Continued...

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