GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The owner and operator of a Greenfield gas station is being fined a total of $10,000 by the state Department of Environmental Protection, following an incident in which gas from the station leaked into a storm drainage system and a nearby brook.
According to a news release sent to 22News by the Mass DEP, they were called to investigate in September 2012, when the Greenfield Fire Department found the leaked gasoline near the Shell station at 100 Mohawk Trail.
The DEP says that it was determined the gas had leaked from piping that was underneath one of the station’s dispensers. They also say that the owner of the station, the Estate of Helen Mackin, and the operator, Lipton, Inc. of Pittsfield, had failed to properly maintain the underground storage tank system.
“Lipton agreed to pay a penalty of $3,000, correct outstanding violations and certify to MassDEP that all violations have been corrected. Mackin agreed to pay a $7,000 penalty for the discharge of gasoline to the surface water,” the release stated.
The Mackin estate has also worked to clean up the contaminated soil and groundwater, the DEP says.