From an update we received this morning, it seems they still haven’t found a spill but still haven’t found the problem in the pipeline yet either. According to this EPA update, there are some 3000 barrels of oil in the suspect section of pipeline.
CURRENT STATUS: At this time, no loss of pipeline integrity has been discovered, to date. The crews have completed surface and aerial reconnaissance of a 7 mile section of pipeline between Enaville, ID and Cataldo, ID with no evidence of a leak discovered. Based on the latest information, crews have isolated the pressure drop to this 7 mile section of pipeline and is concentrating their investigation efforts in this location.
Five surface reconnaissance crews and two aerial reconnaissance sorties were deployed today. The responsible party estimates that approximately 3,091 barrels of unleaded gasoline still remain in the suspect section of the pipe (7 mile stretch). The responsible party has approximately 80 personnel in the field conducting command and control and reconnaissance with crews ready to initiate emergency response and sampling, if needed.
NEXT STEPS: An acoustic mission ball (tool to check pipe integrity) is being shipped to the site and will be deployed tomorrow. This device will be launched in the pipeline and will acoustically listen for leaks as it travels through the suspect section. The timeline for the deployment of the acoustic survey instrument is approximately tomorrow afternoon. Transit time will be approximately 15 hours with preliminary data being available from the tool sometime midday Friday, 7 October 2011.