Reports of leaking fuel prompts investigation at local gas station

Posted at 4:27 PM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 17:27:05-04

Emergency responders from the Corpus Christi Fire Department and utility crews from the city were called out to a gas station near Staples and Lipes today after reports of a strong smell of gasoline in the area.

According to CCFD Capt. James Brown, crews arrived at the scene and determined gasoline was coming from an underground storage tank and, because of recent, heavy rains, was running into a nearby storm drain.

Emergency responders notified the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency of the fuel leak.

Brown says the leaked fuel does not pose an immediate threat to public health or safety, but CCFD is remaining on scene while TCEQ investigates.

A public records check shows that convenience store has a history of complaints filed with the Texas Department of Agriculture.  Record show that the state last inspected the station in July of 2017 after a customer complained about being shorted at the pump. The station passed that inspection.