Pipeline Fuel Release

Location: Nemaha, Neb.

Client: Magellan Midstream LP

Completion Date: 2012

Magellan Pipeline Co. LP responded to an emergency release from two pipelines on a hilltop near Nemaha, Neb. A 12-inch-diameter pipeline released approximately 1,529 barrels of gasoline and 655 barrels of jet fuel; and second 8-inch-diameter pipeline released approximately 650 barrels of diesel fuel into agricultural fields and an unnamed tributary to Jarvis Creek.

Magellan retained Burns & McDonnell to assist with the emergency response and recovery of the released fuel. In addition Burns & McDonnell was requested to assess the damage to natural resources, coordinate and obtain the necessary clearance and after-the-fact permits from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District. The permits and clearances required the preparation of the following documents:

  • Section 404 permit application
  • Jurisdictional wetland delineation report
  • Stream restoration plan
  • Habitat assessment for federal- and state-listed threatened and endangered species
  • Abbreviated natural resource damage assessment report
  • Wetland assessments
  • Fisheries assessments
  • Wildlife habitat assessments
  • Threatened and endangered species
  • GIS services
  • Section 404 wetland permitting
  • Stream restoration plan
  • Impact analysis
  • Mapping

Burns & McDonnell prepared the Section 404 permit application for the after-the-fact permit for temporary impacts to the stream channel due to the construction of control structures to contain the released fuel. The Corps issued a Nationwide Permit 33 — Temporary Construction, Access and Dewatering Activities. As part of the application requirements, a jurisdictional wetland delineation report was prepared to document the impacts due to construction of temporary control structures in the stream and excavation of fuel-saturated soils in adjacent wetlands. In addition, a restoration plan was developed to address how the stream channel and banks would be restored once the temporary control structures were removed and cleanup was complete.

Burns & McDonnell completed a habitat assessment to determine the effects of the release on adjacent land and in the stream channel as well as any potential habitat for state and federally listed threatened and endangered species. In addition, an abbreviated Natural Resource Damage Assessment was completed to determine the overall impacts to the natural resources associated with the project.