South Carolina authorities have been monitoring the cleanup of thousands of barrels of gasoline that leaked last December from a pipeline in Belton, S.C., that would feed the proposed Palmetto Pipeline along coastal Georgia.

Since the leak in the Plantation Pipeline was reported Dec. 8, some 176,901 gallons of gasoline have been recovered in the cleanup, said Jim Beasley, spokesperson for South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control. Additionally, 2,832 tons of soil have been removed and treated, he said. It is estimated as much as 300,000 gallons of gas have leaked in total.

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