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HAMMOND | The section of fuel pipeline that sprang a leak under a South Hammond neighborhood was replaced on Sunday as investigators began taking
samples around nearby homes to measure the extent of the spill.
A pair of curved pipes was delivered Saturday night to replace elbows buried under White Oak and Walnut avenues at 175th Street. The pipeline connects
the BP Whiting Refinery with a terminal in Manhattan, Ill.
A 1-inch leak was discovered Thursday in the pipeline bend under White Oak Avenue. The rupture apparently led to the appearance of a mix of
gasoline/diesel fuel mix in city sewers and adjacent soil.
Welds on the new sections of pipeline will be checked today, said Thomas Keilman, BP's local director of government and public affairs, in
preparation for testing the integrity of the newly restored line.
Once the pipeline is determined to be back in operating condition, plans call for the excavated areas to be filled in and streets and sidewalks
"We're making good progress," Keilman said at the site Sunday afternoon.
Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Department of Transportation,
Hammond Department of Environmental Management, and Hammond Sanitary District remained on the scene, as well as city police, firefighters, and street
and water department workers.
The agencies have jointly been involved in making decisions about handling the situation through a unified incident command process, said Keilman, who
credited Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. and his staff for their help and cooperation.
The group will be meeting again today to prepare a remediation plan for taking care of residents in the impacted area, Keilman said