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Tanker spill forces gas station to close temporarily

Becky Vargo • Oct 8, 2017 at 6:57 PM

Officials were still on the scene, at around 7 p.m., of a large gas spill that occurred late Sunday afternoon at the Dockside EZ Mart, 123 Pine Street, in Ferrysburg.

The gas station at the intersection of M-104 and Pine Street was closed while personnel worked to keep the spill on the asphalt until a clean-up crew arrived.

Approximately 100 gallons of fuel spilled in the gas station’s parking lot when the driver of a Blarney Castle tanker truck had trouble with the connections, said Ferrysburg Assistant Fire Chief Len VanderJagt.

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputy Ramon Soto was working nearby when he noticed a strong gas smell. Upon investigation, he discovered a large puddle of gasoline by the tanker and called for assistance from the fire department, VanderJagt said.

The truck driver used a broom and water to push the spill back toward the truck and away from the drain.

Firefighters diked off the storm drain and a the grass areas, the assistant chief said. They also used floor dry to sop up some of the spill.

VanderJagt said the Blarney Castle crew would continue the clean-up when they arrived.

Firefighters also checked the waterfront along William Ferry Park, looking for a sheen in the water.

Eventually they learned that some gasoline had escaped the area and requested a response from a member of the Northwest Ottawa County Haz Mat team.

Vanderjagt said, once the spill was absorbed and the gas smell diminished, it was possible the gas station could reopen yet Sunday evening.

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