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Regulators monitoring gasoline leak cleanup

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

LIVINGSTON, Ill. – Federal and state regulators are monitoring the cleanup of a pipeline leak that spilled roughly 100 gallons of gasoline in southwestern Illinois' Madison County.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says some of the spill reported Dec. 2 near Livingston found its way into a small farm pond and a tributary of Silver Creek.

The state agency says the 8-inch pipe owned by Houston-based Buckeye Partners L.P. was less than two feet below the surface and may have been damaged by farming.

Cleanup crews used absorbent pads and booms to contain the leak, and gasoline was siphoned from the pond. The Illinois EPA says tests of nearby wells turned up no contamination.

The damaged section of steel pipe was replaced.

Buckeye Partners hasn't returned a message left Friday.