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Cleanup continues of Indianapolis diesel fuel leak

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Monday, May 13, 2013 - 9:21 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Work is continuing to clean up a diesel fuel leak that has kept an Indianapolis roadway closed for five days.

Officials say more than 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the damaged pipeline owned by Marathon Petroleum Corp. on the city's northwest side.

Marathon spokeswoman Sid Barth tells The Indianapolis Star that the company had hoped to reopen the closed half-mile section of 56th Street for Monday morning traffic, but it will stay closed until at least Tuesday because workers and heavy machinery remained on-site.

Barth says the company doesn't yet know the cause of what she called a "slow failure" of the 8-inch diameter pipeline. A 20-foot section of the pipe has been replaced and nearly 21,000 gallons of fuel had been recovered as of Sunday afternoon.