Crews actively monitoring possible petroleum pipeline leak in Goochland

Published: Jul. 7, 2016 at 8:20 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2016 at 9:08 PM EDT
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GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Crews from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and other agencies are monitoring a possible petroleum leak on a pipeline in Goochland.

According to Henrico Fire officials, they were alerted to the possible leak by neighboring Goochland on July 6 and, given that the pipeline is adjacent to Tuckahoe Creek, Henrico public safety officials have been engaged in ongoing conversations to keep residents abreast of the situation.

Henrico officials stressed that no Henrico property or waterways are directly affected by the possible leak, which is approximately 100 yards south of River Road on the Goochland side of Tuckahoe Creek.

Along with Virginia DEQ and VDEM, the U.S. Environmental Protection, representatives from the Plantation Pipe Line Company and other private contractors are on the scene of the possible leak.

According to the Plantation Pipe Line Company's official website, "the Plantation Pipe Line Company (PPL) is one of the largest refined petroleum products pipelines in the United States" which "delivers approximately 700,000 barrels per day of gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and biodiesel through its 3,100-mile pipeline network," which originates in Louisiana and ends in the Washington D.C. area,

The Plantation Pipe Line Company serves various metropolitan areas, including Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Washington D.C. area.

Motorists traveling on River Road between South Gaskins Road in Henrico and Blair Road in Goochland are urged to proceed with caution and beware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the site.

Temporary road closures may occur for the off-loading of equipment and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes if possible.

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