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Officials search for source of underground gas leak on Wrightsville Avenue

An underground gas leak is tainting ground water near the Lumina Commons shopping center located off of Wrightsville Avenue. (Source: WECT) An underground gas leak is tainting ground water near the Lumina Commons shopping center located off of Wrightsville Avenue. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

An underground gas leak is tainting ground water near the Lumina Commons shopping center located off of Wrightsville Avenue.

Wilmington Stormwater Services Manager David Mayes has been busy trying to keep the gas from moving and polluting the Intracoastal Waterway.

"Pure petroleum product in the drainage system is a hazard. It's a dangerous situation," said Mayes. "It's the drainage system that's conveying from the source out to the waterway. It's our job to make sure that it stops."

Mayes said that booms were put in stormwater drains and basins around Lumina Commons to isolate the gas and absorb it.

He said an exact cause of the leak has not been determined, but he does believe it may have originated at the Shell gas station across the street from the shopping center.

"We're pretty sure it's related to something about the underground storage tanks for the gas station. I can't confirm how it happened or any of that information," Mayes explained.

The owner of the gas station said he did not want to comment on the matter. He only said that testing is underway at the station to determine whether or not a leak is present.

"This is a situation that we need to continuously monitor until it's completely mediated," Mayes said.

According to Wayne Randolph, a regional supervisor with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the area around the Shell station is being subjected to gas tank tests, ground water tests, and soil tests.

Randolph said the owner of the gas station has been asked not to sell gas until the exact source of the leak has been identified.

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