FNS: 5,000 Gallon Diesel Spill in Ciu dad Juárez, Mexico
- FNS: 5,000 Gallon Diesel Spill in Ciudad Juárez
Date: 2/18/2002 12:50:01 PM Pacific Standard Time
[Ciudad Juarez, CH is a border city with El Paso, TX at US side]
Digging machinery was responsible for rupturing a Pemex diesel pipeline in Ciudad Juárez on Thursday, February 14, according to Pamela Franco Reza, director of Ecología y Protección Civil for the city.
The break in the line spilled approximately 20,000 liters (5,000 gallons) of the fuel, said Franco. Although the pipeline was shut down immediately after the break, fuel shot more than twenty feet into the air for a period of time after the break.
The incident occurred near the Fluorex plant in Cd. Juárez where fluoric acid is produced. In the past, the plant has been criticized for its large piles of anhydrite that is a byproduct of fluoric acid manufacturing.
However, on Thursday, the white anhydrite powder was used to make containment walls around the flow of diesel fuel. Fluorex has always contended that anhydrite is safe and it has even been used to make gym flooring in area schools.
An estimated 6,000 square meters were affected by the spill, according to one estimate.
City officials are now planning to recover as much diesel as possible. Then they will repair the pipeline and clean up all contaminated ground.
Source: El Diario, February 15, 2002. Article by Alejandro Quintero. --
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