Gasoline spill in North Carolina worse than first reported

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Colonial Pipeline gasoline leak in Huntersville, NC on Aug. 14, 2020. (Photo: WSOC)

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A report filed to the state shows that a crack in the wall of a gasoline pipeline caused more than a million gallons to spill in a North Carolina nature preserve. That’s more than four times the size that a company initially reported.

The Charlotte Observer reports that in September, Michael Regan, then-secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, said 273,000 gallons of gasoline spilled in Mecklenburg County’s Oehler Nature Preserve near Huntersville.

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But Colonial Pipeline reported to regulators Wednesday that the estimated amount of gasoline released from the underground pipeline was 1,119,982 gallons.

A Colonial spokeswoman says the company is investigating why the crack formed.