Diesel spill sparks emergency

Firefighters were required to contain a diesel spill at this Woolgoolga service station.
Firefighters were required to contain a diesel spill at this Woolgoolga service station. TREVOR VEALE

A DIESEL spill has sparked an emergency in Woolgoolga and forced the temporary closure of a service station.

Firefighters from Woolgoolga and a hazardous materials unit from Coffs Harbour were called to Neumann Petroleum in River Street yesterday morning when a local business owner became aware of the leak.

“We arrived at the scene to discover diesel had appeared to seep out of the ground,” said Woolgoolga Fire Station acting commander Drew Armitage.

“It appeared to be a small spill and we went to work to contain it using hazardous material booms from the hazmat van which was called in from Coffs Harbour.

“WorkCover inspectors also attended along with environmental officers from Coffs Harbour City Council.”

Mr Armitage said the spillage did not cause any environmental problems although officers used specialised equipment to take readings of fumes at the scene.

As many as six firefighters stayed at the service station for about 90 minutes, with the premises closed to the public at the height of the operation and re-opened shortly after.

“The proprietor was fully co-operative with everyone,” Mr Armitage said.

The owner, Mark Beard, praised all of the emergency authorities which worked at the scene.

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