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Charges pending in pipeline break

MARSHALL — Charges have not yet been filed in connection with a pipeline break that spilled over 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel into a county ditch system. However, Lyon County Attorney Rick Maes said this week that charges are still being considered.

Maes said he was waiting for additional information that could affect prosecution of the case.

Maes said he was waiting to learn what level of federal involvement there might be in pursuing charges in the pipeline break. There was also additional information being checked on, like the extent of the damages to the pipeline, he said.

Damage to an 8-inch Magellan Midstream Partners pipeline was reported in Section 5 of Lucan Township in April. Magellan estimated around 8,400 gallons of diesel was spilled. The fuel entered Yellow Medicine/Lyon Judicial Ditch 24, which flows into the Yellow Medicine River near Hanley Falls.

While responders contained the spill, Magellan spokespeople said “minor remnants” of fuel made it past containment areas and into the Yellow Medicine River.

Maes said last month that a suspect had been identified in the pipeline break. A man had been shooting a rifle in the area, and one of the shots penetrated the pipeline, Maes said.

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