Backhoe breaks pipeline and diesel fuel spews out

Machinery operated by a municipal employee ruptured a pipeline in Turrubares Monday morning.

The Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A. said that the pipeline spewed diesel but the material did not ignite.

The Cuerpo de Bomberos said that the location was in San Pablo de Turrubares near the local high school. Firemen said they got the call at 10:20 a.m. and trucks from Puriscal and Orotina responded.

Firemen said their investigators determined that a backhoe was being operated by a Municipalidad de Turrubares employee in conjunction with work by the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

The fuel spread several kilometers from the point of the rupture along a highway and gutters. In all some 1,140 square meters were contaminated. That’s about 12,300 square feet.

Firemen said they could not estimate the amount of diesel that flowed from the pipe. They said refinery workers applied absorptive material and also constructed dikes to contain the diesel.

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