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UPDATE: Citgo Gas Leak May Pose Environmental Threat, Fire Officials Say

Fuel has been seeping up from the ground at the Homewood gas station and into a nearby storm drain for an unknown amount of time, firefighters say.

UPDATE on Aug. 13 at 10:20 p.m.

The gasoline leak was repaired and environmental hazard response organization SET Environmental Inc. is working on cleanup, according to Homewood Fire Lieutenant Bill Wright.

SET has been working along with Homewood Public Works to isolate the sewer contaminants, Wright said. Once they have all the gas contained, it will be extracted from the sewer, but the process is likely to go well into the night, according to Wright.

On the surface, Homewood firefighters were able to neutralize the flammability of the spilled fuel by treating it with special chemicals. A complete cleanup is expected by morning, Wright said. The area is now generally regarded as safe, but firefighters are still asking residents to stay behind police tape.

By law, Citgo is responsible for all emergency response fees incurred by the village and SET Environmental Inc. There is no word on when the gas station plans to reopen at this time.

Original Report

is advising residents stay clear of the Citgo at 183rd Street and Morris Ave due to a gasoline leak discovered sometime just before 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The cause of the leak is currently unknown, but firefighters are looking into a potential cracked fuel tank, according to Homewood Fire Lieutenant Bill Wright.

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While none have been reported injured, the gas, which has been seeping up from the ground for an unknown amount of time, has been flowing down 183rd Street and into the storm drain. Wright says it is still uncertain how much of an environmental hazard this presents, however teams are working to determine the severity of the spill. There is no estimate of when the leak will be contained.

A and Posen ambulance are currently stationed at the Homewood Fire Department to cover for emergency responders.

We will update this story should more information become available.

Flossmoor Family August 14, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Scott, you should really research the regs before engaging your keyboard. The leadership of Homewood absolutely has no say or control in regulating a gas station's underground storage tanks and delivery systems (UST), quite the opposite. In Illinois UST regulation is solely regulated under the auspices of the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the environmental issues are under IEPA via sections 29 (EPA) & 40 (OSHA) Code of Federal Regulations. You appear to be angry & confused by attempting to turn this accidental Illinois ESDA release into a political statement by comparing it to the Crestwood fiasco where the water system testing and distribution is actually overseen by the village public works department working under the mayor who then must report lab results and gallons pumped thru the system to IEPA.
Mr. Jack August 14, 2012 at 05:29 PM
One of my ALLTIME favorite scenes. Great choice!
Brian James August 14, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I may be wrong but I think they only sell papers to minors.
SHUSSBAR August 14, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Just from looking at it, this place look like not maintained (pavement, slow/old pumps. weak lighting, ..). Citgo/owner, fix it or close it.
MyFlossmoorHome August 16, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Agreed!

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