The U.S. Coast Guard, EPA and Illinois EPA will be back on the Mississipi River near Hartford today as crews continue to clean up the nearly 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel that leaked into the Cahokia Canal on Friday. Officials with Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery discovered the leak in a pipeline that runs from a storage facility in Hartford to a barge loading dock around 8:45 a.m. Emergency officials responded to the scene to contain the leak which was stopped around 10 a.m. Friday according to a company spokesperson. According to a statement released Friday afternoon, the amount of fuel that reached the Mississippi River is unclear at this time and clean up efforts are expected to continue for several days.
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