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Fuel leaks into Durham pond

Posted November 1, 2011

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— Hazmat crews were trying to clean up about 2,500 gallons of fuel that spilled into a Durham pond Tuesday.

The fuel leaked from a tank in the 4500 block of Emperor Boulevard, tainting the pond and surrounding soil, Durham Fire Chief Dan Curia said.

No nearby buildings were evacuated.

It was unclear what caused the leak, but Curia said cleaning up the fuel would require an extensive effort.

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  • we-r-just-human Nov 1, 2011

    FYI... some businesses have these "ponds" as a first defence in case of a spill so it doesn't reach drinking water. If there's no spills over time they turn into a pond that contain wildlife. Sounds like this "pond" worked.

  • Joe Schmoe Nov 1, 2011

    [Who do you think sets the guidelines as to how much must be cleaned, especially with respect to the soil contamination?]The NC Department of Environmental and Natural resources.

  • Griswold Nov 1, 2011

    Just walked by this pond on my afternoon walk and discovered this spill by accident. It is part of the walking path at the Imperial Center, near the Sheraton Imperial. The owner of the pond is the landlord of that entire area, Tri-properties, not the tenant. There are booms all around the pond and it reeks of diesel. It is such a lovely little pond, full of turtles, fish, and waterfowl. I hope it can be cleaned up and recovers quickly.

  • T-Man Nov 1, 2011

    'Somehow I don't think they'll need a federal agency to make them clean it up.'

    I have no doubt they don't need a fed agency to make them clean their pond, but who do you think sets the guidelines as to how much must be cleaned, especially with respect to the soil contamination?

  • Joe Schmoe Nov 1, 2011

    It would appear to be the company's own pond that was contaminated. Somehow I don't think they'll need a federal agency to make them clean it up. http://g.co/maps/fczx3

  • T-Man Nov 1, 2011

    Didn't I hear calls from the Tea Party recently to dismantle the EPA?

  • Here2tellya Nov 1, 2011

    What is a fuel tank doing near a pond anyway? More info please....is it at a business? Was it an underground tank? How much is the clean up going to cost?

  • letourkidspay4it Nov 1, 2011

    I'm sure the "job creators" and free market will clean this up.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 1, 2011

    This is why we need a strong government agency for tracking pollution. They could find who did this and make them pay for the cleanup and for any sickness that it may cause.

    If we would be vigilant, other people would make extra sure they were careful with their hazardous waste.