Wyoming DEQ and EPA looking into possible fuel leak into Popo Agie River in downtown Lander
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) confirmed to County 10 Thursday morning that they are working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify and stop what is likely a fuel leak in the Popo Agie River.
The fuel was discovered and is believed to be originating from the area of Main Street and between 1st Street and Caring Way.
Wyoming DEQ Public Information Officer Keith Guille explained to us that they have discovered a “refined product, like gasoline” leaking into the river. They are currently working with the EPA to locate the root of the cause. Guille did acknowledge the Maverick Gas Station is right next to the area but did not confirm at this time that was where the point of origin was. A Maverick employee told us the company did not have a comment at this time.
Guille said they have crews working with booms and skimmers to help stop the substance from spreading further downstream.
“Our first priorities are to get it stopped and figure out where it’s coming from,” he said.
On Tuesday, April 2nd the Lander Fire Department were dispatched to the fuel leak after calls from a concerned citizen. Lander Volunteer Fire Chief Bobby Johnston had limited information on the issue telling us, “Thankfully there have been no reports of injuries. The investigation is ongoing and was turned over to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality early this morning. Additional updates will come directly from the DEQ or from Lander City Hall as it becomes available.”
The City of Lander also encouraged citizens to avoid the area near the Barney Pathway and bridge, as well as other areas crews are seen working in.
Guille reminded Wyoming citizens that if anyone has questions or concerns about anything they encounter across the state, to contact the Wyoming DEQ.