Fuel Spill At Scotchman Gas Station Flows To Nearby Waterway

Thursday January 17th:  A fuel delivery of kerosene to the Scotchman Gas Station on Canal Drive led to an estimated 200 gallons making its way through storm drains to the Carolina Beach yacht basin on Canal Drive.  Crews worked throughout the night and the following day to clean the fuel from the waters of the basin. Thursday January 17th: A fuel delivery of kerosene to the Scotchman Gas Station on Canal Drive led to an estimated 200 gallons making its way through storm drains to the Carolina Beach yacht basin on Canal Drive. Crews worked throughout the night and the following day to clean the fuel from the waters of the basin.

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 22 January 2019 15:35

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Approximately 500 gallons of kerosene fuel was spilled during a delivery to the Scotchman Gas Station on Canal Drive in Carolina Beach Thursday night January 17th. An estimated 200 gallons made it's way through storm drains to the nearby Carolina Beach Municipal Marina and yacht basin.

The Town of Carolina Beach immediately deployed booms in the water to help control the spill as it entered the marina.

The Scotchman is owned by GPM Investments who called Hazmat Emergency Response and Remediation, Inc. to respond to the scene and begin efforts to control and cleanup the fuel.

Throughout the night into Friday afternoon, crews used absorbent materials to remove the kerosene from the waters, but video taken by aerial drones showed a visible sheen of kerosene up and down the east side of the yacht basin along Canal Drive. On January 19th, Interim Town Manager Ed Parvin explained, "I have been in touch with the National Response Center and the Coast Guard this morning concerning the kerosene spill at the marina. 9,000 gallons of oily water mixture have been recovered. Sorbent boom will  remain in place for the next few days. Coast Guard will be checking on this site periodically over the next few days. The kerosene has broken down enough where remaining sheen is not recoverable. Please let me know if there are questions or concerns."

The U.S. Coast Guard is currently investigating the incident and the company will likely face fines for the discharge.


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