Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the following update on the gasoline spill into Loyalsock Creek in Lycoming County. The spill was caused when an 8-inch pipeline was ruptured by a bridge and other flood debris that had been washed out by floodwaters.
Sunoco has removed the damaged section of pipeline, which will be further analyzed per Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration protocols. DEP and Sunoco will discuss needs for repair of the pipeline.
DEP continues to monitor the Susquehanna River for impacts from the spill. Preliminary results from water samples taken from the Harrisburg area Monday morning did not have detectable levels of contaminants related to gasoline, and sampling by water systems farther upstream have also been unable to detect contaminants from the spill.
DEP continues to be in contact with public water suppliers with the sampling results. There is still a concern to water suppliers for the highly turbid water caused by the heavy rains and flooding, however there are no anticipated impacts to the water systems from the gasoline spill at this point in time.
DEP will continue to work with the local community to rebuild and restore any damages from the flooding and pipeline break.