Emergency Response: Pipeline Rupture Releases Jet Fuel

At SWS Environmental Services, we have been providing emergency spill response services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for almost 25 years. We received an emergency request to respond to an estimated 400,000 gallon jet fuel spill caused by the rupture of a 28" pipeline located one hundred feet from a creek in Texas. Upon arrival to the site, we observed that fuel had already flowed into the creek and had contaminated approximately 5.2 miles of creek, banks, and low-lying overflow areas.

Our highly trained personnel began by stopping the flow of fuel. This was done by constructing several underflow dams, beginning approximately 5.2 miles downstream from the release location. Also, the spill was isolated by placing containment booms in strategic locations along the creek, removing standing fuel to prevent further migration of the contamination. During recovery processes, SWS Environmental Services collected and transported over 1,000,000 gallons of jet fuel emulsions to an approved recycling facility, providing temporary on-site storage for the evacuated liquids.

At the peak of mitigation, our company had 65 employees, 16 vacuum trucks, and 2 excavators working 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for 2 months. SWS utilized over 12 miles of sorbent boom, 1500 feet of containment boom, and over 1750 bags of sorbent pads to contain and remove the released product. We utilized fifty 21,000 gallon portable Frac tanks within a period of two days.

In addition to creek remediation, SWS excavated 16,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil from the release site. Soils were characterized, loaded, transported, and disposed of at an appropriate disposal facility. Our full complement of services, equipment, and personnel were employed to expedite clean-up for this spill and return the site to safety.

Emergency Response - Pipe Line Releasing Jet Fuel
Emergency Response - Pipe Line Releasing Jet Fuel

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Emergency Response: Pipeline Rupture Releases Jet Fuel Project Details

Business Segment:
Emergency Response
Customer Segment:
Refined Petroleum Pipeline
Heavy Equipment:
Ancillary Equipment:
All-Terrain Vehicles
Containment Boom
Drum Skimmers
Frac Tanks
Oil Skimmers
Pickup Trucks
Response Vessels
Sorbent Boom
Sorbent Boom
Vacuum Transfer Units
Vacuum Trucks
Disposal Methods:
Fuels Blending
Wastewater Treatment
Waste Streams:
Bulk Solvent Waste
Contaminated Soil
Industrial Wastewater
Specialized Waste
PPE Protection Levels:
Level C
Level D
Training / Certifications:
Confined Space Entry
CPR/First Aid/AED
Fall Protection
Heavy Metals
ICS 100, 200, 700, 800
Lock Out/Tag Out
Medical Surveillance
OSHA 8-Hour HAZWOPER Supervisor
Powered Industrial Forklift
Respiratory Protection
Activities Performed:
Fuel Skimming
Product Storage
Product Transfers
Soil Characterization
Soil Excavation
Soil Remediation
Spill Containment
Spill Response
Transportation and Disposal

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