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DEP Called After Gas Seeps Into Storm Drain

May 23, 2011 by Josh Morgan

A gasoline spill Monday morning at a local gas station prompted the Department of Environmental Protection to head to Cheshire to assess the situation.
At around 10:45 a.m. on Monday, May 23, police and fire responded to the Shell gas station on South Main Street for a reported gasoline spill. Upon arrival, there was a pungent smell of gas in the air and a trail of the fuel led from the pumps to a storm drain nearby. The fire department quickly poured sand on the area to stop the flow of gas into the storm drain. Fire Chief Jack Casner estimates that 10 to 20 gallons of gas went into the drain, which prompted the DEP response.
According to police on scene, a driver was filling up her car when another motorist honked the horn to try to get her to move her vehicle. The driver, who was in the middle of filling up, inched forward to make way for the other car and, in turn, ripped the gas pump off the hose. The gas then flowed freely until it was shut off.
It is unclear what remediation efforts will be performed at this time. The driver's name was not immediately released.

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