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Elementary School Closed After Pipeline Leak

Elementary School Closed After Pipeline Leak

Seattle: An elementary school was closed due to a pipeline leak near Mount Vernon. The leak happened on Sunday and spilled gasoline in a ditch.

Conway School will be closed on Monday. The K-8 school has informed the parents through a letter to parents. According to letters, The Skagit County Emergency Operations Center has transformed the school into a command center owing to the leak.

The transformation is temporary and as soon as the leak is fixed, the school will resume its normal routine.

The Washington State Department of Ecology reports that the Olympic Pipeline spilled on the north side of Highway 534 in Skagit County and that the route is closed from the Interstate 5 offramp to Bulson Road.

Responders are extracting gas from Hill Ditch and Bulson Creek after a vault attached to the pipeline leaked gas. There is no rupture in the pipeline itself, according to Department of Ecology spokesman Ty Keltner, because petrol leaked out of a vault near the pipeline.

To stop the gas from spreading, workers have installed containment booms in Fisher Creek and other Hill Ditch-connected waterways.

The authorities have not shared how much time will the cleanup take. The school authorities will inform the parents when the school will resume classes.

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