The Latest: Sunoco: No impact on water from gas spill so far

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Latest on a storm in Pennsylvania that caused flooding, mudslides and a gas pipeline to rupture (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

Officials say there is no indication that water supplies have been affected where a freak storm hit Pennsylvania, causing a gas pipeline to rupture.

Sunoco Logistics spokesman Jeff Shields said Saturday that officials haven’t seen much impact from the break that sent about 55,000 gallons of gasoline into a tributary of Loyalsock Creek. Shields said the company and environmental officials will continue to monitor the area.

Shields said skimmers and booms have been deployed but not much of the gas has been found due to the volume of water. He said Sunoco Logistics is waiting for water to recede and expose the pipe so that officials can formulate a repair plan.

The Friday storm dumped 7 inches of rain, sweeping away at least two homes. One man was killed.


12:30 a.m.

Emergency crews are monitoring a pipeline that ruptured during a freak storm in Pennsylvania, anxiously waiting to see if nearly 55,000 gallons of gasoline will reach drinking water supplies.

The storm early Friday dumped up to 7 inches of rain on western and central Pennsylvania, triggering mudslides, turning roads into rivers and sweeping away at least two homes. Hundreds more were damaged in Centre County, home to Penn State’s main campus. One man was killed.

An estimated 54,600 gallons of gasoline from a Sunoco Logistics pipeline spilled into a tributary of the Loyalsock Creek, threatening the local water supply.

State environmental officials say it may take until Saturday for the water to recede so that staff and equipment can reach the area where the break took place.