Petroleum has leaked into Moores Creek tributary 

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is investigating a petroleum seep that is affecting an unnamed tributary of Moores Creek, according to the city of Charlottesville.

“The suspected responsible party, Charlottesville Tire & Auto, is working with DEQ to mitigate the impact to the tributary,” reads a press release. “A subsurface investigation to confirm the source of the release is ongoing.”

Someone reported the information through DEQ’s Pollution Response program. This specific incident is known as a point source incident.

“The [Charlottesville] Fire Department observed a petroleum release to an unnamed tributary,” reads the incident report. “This is the same area where petroleum fumes have been reported. DEQ observed petroleum seep discharging from the southwest stream bank.”

According to the report, absorbent devices called booms have been placed in the area to try to remove the petroleum.


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