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Olympic Pipeline; Des Moines, Washington

Des Moines, Washington | 1985-Nov-29

Initial Notification: At 2100 on November 28, 1985, Olympic Pipeline reported a leak at their storage facility near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. A malfunctioning valve on a storage tank had allowed 34,000 gallons of JP-5 fuel to flow into a containment area and, through a storm drain system, into Des Moines Creek. Washington State Department of Ecology (WDOE) was notified and a cleanup contractor was contacted to initiate the cleanup. Although a series of booms and vacuum trucks was placed along the creek to contain and pick up the product, fuel reached the mouth of the creek and flowed into Puget Sound. USCG district 13.

Incident Details
Products of concern:JP-5 fuel
Total amount at risk of spill: 34,000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 47° 27.67′ North
Longitude (approximate): 122° 17.70′ West