Colonial Pipeline leaks in Chattanooga near Tennessee River

Colonial Pipeline leaks in Chattanooga near Tennessee River

January 7th, 2017 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Firefighters deploy booms to catch gasoline that may have leaked from a pipeline near Suck Creek on Saturday.

Photo by Contributed photo by Assistant Fire Chief Danny Hague

UPDATE: Crews continue search for reported Colonial Pipeline leak in Chattanooga [photos, video]


First responders in Chattanooga worked to stop gasoline leaking from a pipeline from reaching the Tennessee River on Saturday.

Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner said in a news release that first responders were dispatched to a reported pipeline leak early this afternoon off Suck Creek road at the boat ramp.

Assistant Chief Danny Hague with the hazardous materials team said the pipeline belongs to Colonial Pipeline, and he described it as a very small leak of gasoline. 

Dispatchers with 911 Communications initially were not sure of the location, so the haz-mat team with Hamilton County Emergency Services was dispatched first. When it was confirmed the leak was just inside the city limits, the Chattanooga Fire Department sent its haz-mat team as well.

Both teams worked together on the spill, while the Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department provided a boat to deploy containment booms on the Tennessee River. Other members of the two haz-mat teams deployed containment booms and absorbent materials on Shoal Creek, which empties into the Tennessee River.

Hague said no evacuations were necessary and the leak posed no threat to the public or the environment. He said the containment booms were being used out of an abundance of caution to catch any of the gasoline that might have made its way into the creek or river. 

Technicians with Colonial Pipeline will repair the pipeline, and they will be responsible for any cleanup that is required.