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Mike Sylvester

To test the tank they put fuel back into the tank and are monitoring it...

Why not use water?

Mike Sylvester

Mike Dooley

I know Amanda Iacone and respect her journalistic abilities. But "diesel fuel is not combustible, Krull said?" How did a quote like that get in the paper? What's the library planning to use it for, floor wax? If so, they should be careful - diesel fuel, also known as heating oil, has a flash point of about 140 degrees F.

Andrew Kaduk

800 gallons is a rather excessive amount of reserve fuel for a seldom-needed piece of equipment. Perhaps they are expecting to have a lot of reading-related emergencies in the event of the dawn of the apocalypse?

Brian Stouder

Exactly! If it wasn't 'combustible', it wouldn't work very well inside an internal combustion engine.

Aside from that, two other bits from the story that made me scratch my head. The quote about how - when they found the 800 gallon tank empty, they thought someone had been siphoning the fuel made me laugh out loud!!

My question was - with what?? A 5 gallon jerry can? THAT would only take 180 trips to the tank, in order to empty it!!

And the other was where the director blithely assures us that the fuel didn't really damage anything. Here's my bet: that fuel got into the sewer system and went to the filtration plant....which if YOU or I did such a thing, we would get absolutely clobbered by IDEM (et al).

If it didn't somehow get into the sewers, then how on earth could 800 spilled gallons of diesel fuel NOT have been discovered - up until the tank was found empty? (if you get even a small amount of fuel on your clothes, for example, the smell can become overpowering)

I guess this begs the (so far unanswered) question - how much time elapsed between when the tank was filled, and when it was discovered to be empty? The "leak" might really be a missing section of plumbing

John Corbin

RE: Mike S.'s comment about testing the fuel tank with water: water and diesel DO NOT mix. Put water in that tank and you'll be buying a new one. (And diesel fuel is colored for off and on road use so you'll see the fuel coming out easier.)

And I can see how that system can get fouled up in the construction phases but somebody should have paid better attention to the areas where generator and tank would be set so this wouldn't happen. It's easy to have damages like this though, so we shouldn't be quick to point fingers...

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