COTTONWOOD – A pipeline containing diesel fuel sprung a leak near Cottonwood, prompting emergency personnel to close the valves on the system and attempt to contain the fuel that has already entered a drainage ditch before it goes downstream to area lakes.

The incident was reported at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when the operators at Magellan’s pipeline control center observed a pressure drop associated with their eight-inch refined products pipeline near Cottonwood.

According to a news release from the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, Magellan representatives closed the valves on the system and are currently working to recover the product.

There are no injuries, evacuations, or road closures associated with this incident.


Local emergency responders in Cottonwood were able to confirm that this was a pipeline release.

The line contained diesel fuel and was not active at the time of the incident, according to the news release.

The fuel was found to be leaking from a small hole in the pipeline, which was stopped around 10:30 p.m.

“Significant efforts are currently underway in Lyon and Yellow Medicine counties to contain the fuel which has entered a drainage ditch and to prevent it from entering lake waters in the area,” according to Casey Namken, a deputy with the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office.

The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.

All appropriate regulatory agencies were notified.