NJDEP Investigates Gasoline Spill at Delta
● By Anonymous
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has shut down the Delta Gas Station on Godwin Avenue while it investigates a fuel leak that appears to be coming from the station. According to DEP officials, the leak is currently contained, however the source of the leak had not been determined.
"It's a bit of a puzzler," explained DEP Spokesman Larry Rangonese. "We are pretty sure it is coming from the Delta station, but we don't know for sure yet. We've closed the station as a precaution as we try to figure out where the leak or leaks are coming from."
The DEP was alerted to the small fuel spill by county officials who were following up on neighborhood complaints of a strong gasoline odor in the area. Upon investigation, they determined a very minimal gasoline leak is coming from the area of 102 Godwin Ave.
"It is so minimal that it is below the rate that would trigger an alarm," Rangonese said, noting a alarm sounds when there is a leak rate of three gallons a minute. "There is minimal gasoline release and nothing of any environmental consequence."
Workers at the scene have boomed the Goffle Brook and storm drains in the area to contain any materials from further entering the stream. "We have caught any gas that was in our booms and continue to investigate," he said.
The DEP is using robotic cameras inside the station's pipes to see if there are any cracks or breaks in the seals. Officials are also investigating the possibility that the leak only occurs while gasoline is pumped. Currently, the pumps have been shut off and the leak has been contained.
"It appears to be a very minor leak, but we want to make sure we know where it is coming from and how to stop it," he said. "We don't know how long it has gone on and we are not 100-percent certain it is from the Delta Station, but we will continue investigating until we figure it out."
Midland Park Fire Department and Bergen County officials have been on the scene assisting the DEP.