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Fri Jan 22, 2021, 06:41 AM

New and alarming figures: Colonial Pipeline spilled 1.2 million gallons of gasoline in Huntersville,

New and alarming figures: Colonial Pipeline spilled 1.2 million gallons of gasoline in Huntersville, 17 times original estimates


The largest gasoline spill in North Carolina history just got bigger.

Colonial Pipeline has released new figures, estimating at least 1.2 million gallons of gasoline spilled from a broken pipe in Huntersville last summer, more than 17 times the original figure. The new numbers are included in a 1,600-page Comprehensive Site Report filed with the NC Department of Environmental Quality yesterday.

In days following the Aug. 14, spill, Colonial estimated the amount at 63,000 gallons, but soon adjusted that figure to 272,000 gallons. In November, it increased that amount to 360,000. State regulators determined that the calculation still “significantly underestimated the volume of gasoline released.”

On Dec. 9, DEQ sent a letter to the company asking for more precise figures and other information, which was due Dec. 23. Colonial subsequently asked for, and received, an extension until this week.

Read more: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2021/01/21/new-and-alarming-figures-colonial-pipeline-spilled-1-2-million-gallons-of-gasoline-in-huntersville-17-times-original-estimates/#sthash.kNocvk1Z.dpbs

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