Ruptured tank leaks gasoline into Chapel Hill stream

08/02/2013 4:36 PM

08/02/2013 4:37 PM

Fire and emergency officials responded to a ruptured gasoline tank at the Family Fare BP on Friday that leaked an unknown amount of gasoline into a nearby stream.

Crews were remodeling the gas station on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when an underground tank ruptured, prompting a gasoline odor investigation. Officials were conducting water and soil tests at Crow Branch, a stream that flows into Booker Creek, which feeds Eastwood Lake.

No gasoline was detected in a dam established upstream of the lake, Fire Dept. Capt. David Sasser said.

The leak began sometime overnight, but officials did not yet know how much gasoline was in the tank or how much had escaped, he said.

The Chapel Hill Fire Department and the Chapel Hill Police Department were on scene with Orange County Emergency Services and the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.

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