An update on the Anhydrous Ammonia Leak Situation in Northeast Nebraska was given at a special meeting held Wednesday at the Decatur City Hall in Decatur. Magellan Midstream Partners Spokesman Bruce Heine says it’s not time for people to return to their homes yet.
“Although we’ve made significant progress in following plans that are in conjunction with federal regulators that are here today, and have been here working with us selectively through this event. we’re not ready to allow you to go home yet.”
Heine says it’s looking like people will be able to go home Thursday evening if everything goes well.
The cause of the leak has not yet been determined.
“The answer is we don’t know, but there will be a thorough investigation to determine what happened. And ultimately what will occur is that that segment of the pipeline will be removed and it’ll be sent into a laboratory to analyze it from a metallurgical standpoint, and that will help us sense essentially what caused the failure.” Heine said.
Heine says pipe work will continue on Thursday.
More specifically, excavation activities to get to the pipe that leaked the Ammonia are planned to start on Thursday. Magellan Area Supervisor Cody Annis.
“Once the pipe is exposed, we’ll then cut off that segment and replace it with new. And once these activities are completed, and air quality tests comeback good, at that point we will proceed with our re-entry program, which will be very strategic. Just not cutting folks loose, we will have a very thorough plan to get you back in your homes.”
Heine says Air Quality will be determined on Thursday and Highway 75 between Decatur and Tekamah could reopen on Thursday as well.