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Indianapolis northwest side fuel leak fixed after 20,000 gallons spilled

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Marathon Petroleum says a leaking fuel pipeline on the city's northwest side has been fixed and roads on 56th Street are expected back open early Tuesday.

More than 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from an underground pipe last Thursday between Guion Road and Arabian Run shutting down West 56th Street in Pike Township for five days.

The Marion County Health Department is performing tests to see if there's any contamination.

Marathon Officials tell Eyewitness News they don't know what caused the eight-inch pipe to leak. The pipe runs from the Robinson Refinery in Robinson, Illinois to a terminal facility in Lima, Ohio where trucks pick up fuel for delivery to other stations.

Officials say the stretch of pipe in question was pressurized and contained fuel, but was not in operation or flowing fuel.

Marathon says it has recovered 500 barrels of fuel, or 20,206 gallons.

Federal investigators from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration are investigating.

Marathon says additional steps will be taken to clean up the spilled fuel.

Spokeswoman Sid Barth said, "We understand it has been an inconvenience to businesses and nearby neighborhoods."

Barth says 56th Street was closed Monday to prevent congestion due to the removal of the large equipment brought in to assist in the repair.

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