There was a gasoline pipeline leak in Wellington, Ohio, Thursday night. Residents of were evacuated.
One of the disturbing facts about this pipeline failure was that the estimated spill size repeated a frequent pattern of giving a small amount first, then going up in later reports. This makes one wonder if enough resources are being sent to these spills due to the frequent small initial reports. This leak was reported first as 1,000+ gallons, then 10,000 gallons, now it’s at
117,000 125,000 gallons of gasoline.
Note that both petroleum & gas pipelines do not always recognize failures of their systems, contrary to the PR spin given. One Williams-Transco gas transmission pipeline fire in Virginia in 1974 was first noticed by a worker at a compressor station happening to look out a window, and saw the massive fire from that pipeline.