Spring allows for fuel spill cleanup

Reclamation crews have been at Coldstream Market this week, lifting up the above ground gas tanks and removing the ground underneath

The final cleanup from a major gasoline spill is wrapping up.

Reclamation crews have been at Coldstream Market this week, lifting up the above ground gas tanks and removing the ground underneath.

“We are finishing off the remediation work and bringing it back to where it was,” said Greg Keffer, owner of G&B Fuels.

Just after midnight Nov. 25, a G&B Fuels truck was filling the tanks when about 6,000 litres of gas spilled on to the ground.

The above-ground gasoline was cleaned up within a few days but underground work had to wait until the snow was gone and the ground wasn’t frozen.

Soil samples for possible contamination are being taken.

G&B Fuels, through its insurance company, is covering the cleanup costs.

“We are fixing our mistake. We aren’t hiding it,” said Keffer.

Keffer doesn’t hold back when asked about the cause of the spill.

“It was driver error, no ifs, ands or buts about that,” he said.

“This whole thing could have been easily avoided.”

Coldstream Market remains open for business during the reclamation work, and it’s anticipated that fuel service could resume Tuesday.