Emergency Management Reports On Buffalo Fuel Spill

Emergency Management Reports On Buffalo Fuel Spill

Johnson County's Emergency Management Coordinator, Marilyn Connolly, updated the county commissioners on the fuel spill that happened Monday at an Exxon Fuel Station east of Buffalo.

Connolly said the spill happened at about 8:30 Monday morning and explained how the hazardous material spill occurred.

It took employees of the fuel station some time to get to the switches and get them shut off, and Connolly said they estimate a loss of about 600 gallons of gasoline and recovery of about 70 gallons, most of which was from under the pump itself.

No injuries or other damage was reported with the incident, she said.

The spill was large enough that Johnson County Fire District One, who has the capability of handling smaller spills, called in the Regional Response Team from Gillette to help with this spill.

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) was on-site Tuesday to oversee the cleanup of the site, and Connolly said there will be groundwater testing in the area to make sure there is no contamination there. She also said there will likely be long-term monitoring of the site for future contamination.


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