Pearl City pipeline oil leak cleanup 90% complete

Release Date: 1/10/2018

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HONOLULU, Jan. 10, 2018 - Hawaiian Electric personnel and contractors are continuing to make progress cleaning up oil that leaked from an underground pipeline in Pearl City last night.

Crews worked overnight on the cleanup and by late morning Wednesday had recovered about 90 percent of the estimated 500 gallons that leaked.

The cleanup was aided by the fact that the fuel that leaked, low sulfur fuel oil, quickly hardens as it cools. Its thick consistency is almost like wax, slowing its spread and making it easier to pick up.

The incident was reported at about 5:40 p.m. Tuesday by a resident on Waiawa Road who saw the oil in his backyard. Hawaiian Electric personnel responded immediately, shut down the pipeline, notified the Department of Health and contained the spill. Hawaiian Electric also offered to relocate the affected residents.

Odor monitoring continues and there are currently no indications of public health hazards.

Owned and operated by Hawaiian Electric, the 8-inch steel pipeline was built in 2004 and carries fuel from Barbers Point to the Waiau Power Plant. The leak occurred along a portion of the pipeline that runs behind three homes.