The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has ordered a Bloomington gas station to assess the extent of a fuel leak that sent thousands of gallons of fuel into sanitary and storm sewers in early November.
IDEM ordered Village Pantry LLC, owner of the Village Pantry at 1307 W. Third St. and others across the country, to collect soil and groundwater samples from three boring locations and evaluate where the fuel may have migrated after the release. The sampling must be completed before Dec. 30.
City of Bloomington Utilities employees detected hydrocarbon odors coming from sewage flowing into the Dillman Road Wastewater Treatment Plant Oct. 30. City workers tracked the source of the smell and found it came from a large release of gasoline from the Village Pantry location.
The store reported purchasing 8,000 gallons of fuel the day before the release, of which there was only 660 gallons left after the investigation.
Last July, IDEM inspectors noted several violations at the gas station, including a failure to have overfill prevention equipment installed properly and a failure to perform periodic testing of overfill equipment.