Colonial Pipeline Spill
This page will be used to post information and updates as they are available related to the Colonial Pipeline Spill that occurred at the Oehler Nature Preserve owned by Mecklenburg County in the Town's extra-territorial jurisdiction off Huntersville-Concord Road on August 14, 2020.
Colonial Pipeline submitted its Initial Abatement Action Report to NC DEQ on Oct. 30, 2020. This report indicates recovery in excess of 330,000 gallons from the spill site and recovery wells to date. It does not include a revised spill total.
September 13, 2020 Update from Colonial Pipeline - 48-hour estimate of 63,000 gallons spilled revised to 272,580 gallons of gasoline released (they estimate approximately half has been recovered) as part of their 30-day report due to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) by September 14.
(Note: this is the virtual feed and shares what the audience saw that night. While you can't see the audience, you can hear their questions and statements. Feed begins just after start of meeting with introductions by regulatory agencies, starting with Tony Bateman from Charlotte-Mecklenburg EM). Contact information for agencies represented are included below.
Additional Resources and Contact Information from August 27 Community Meeting:
- North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services /Water Quality
(Site will also be used for updates on this incident)
Surface Water Quality questions – Andrew DeCristofaro, 980-721-3565
- Mecklenburg County Health Dept – Environmental Health
Environmental Health / Groundwater questions – Shawna Caldwell, 980-314-1626
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management
Tony Bateman (email@example.com) or 980-214-7195 (call or text)
- US EPA, Region 4
Ken Rhame, Federal On-Scene Coordinator
- Colonial Pipeline Incident Page
DOCUMENTS FROM NC DEQ:
The Division of Waste Management through NC Department of Environmental Quality is the agency responsible for oversight of cleanup and remediation from this incident.
They have created a webpage to track this incident: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/waste-management/underground-storage-tanks-section/colonial-pipeline-spill.
On Sept. 25, 2020, DEQ issued a Notice of Violation to Colonial Pipeline for impacts to groundwater quality.
September 25, 2020 Press Release Announcing Notice of Violation - LINK
Initial Abatement Action Report from Colonial Pipeline (Oct. 30, 2020)