Gas leaks from storage tank at KCK fuel distribution terminal

01/12/2014 4:03 PM

01/12/2014 4:03 PM

Emergency crews responded early Sunday afternoon to a large gasoline leak at a Kansas City, Kan., fuel distribution terminal.

Authorities reporting to the Magellan Midstream Partners petroleum terminal at 401 E. Donovan Road requested a haz-mat crew upon arrival.

The spilled gasoline was being controlled within a secondary containment area at the facility, said Bruce Heine, a Tulsa, Okla., spokesman for Magellan. There have been no injuries, he said.

The company has reported a loss of 100 barrels of gasoline to regulatory agencies, Heine said, adding that the figure could be revised.

The fuel leak occurred at a valve connected to an above-ground storage tank, Heine said. The cause of the leak is being investigated, and representatives of the Environmenal Protection Agency have been notified, he said.

Magellan's Kansas City terminal provides distribution services for gasoline and other fuels. The company owns the longest refined petroleum products pipeline system in the country, according to its website.

In June 2008, an apparent lightning strike on or near a petroelum tank at the Kansas City distribution terminal caused the tank to catch fire, sending a large plume of smoke across portions of the Kansas City metro area.

The tank contained about 28,000 barrels of unleaded gasoline at the time. No injuries occurred, according to the company.

Brian Burnes bburnes@kcstar.com

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