Delco officials warn to steer clear of waterways following Brookhaven fuel leak


BROOKHAVEN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A fuel leak at a Brookhaven, Delaware County gas station Saturday morning is now under control, but the environmental impact will be monitored for days to come. The public is being warned to stay clear of area waterways.

Brookhaven residents were alarmed by a strong smell of gasoline in the air. The Brookhaven Fire Company, Delaware County Emergency Management, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection responded.

Officials say the odor was linked to a fuel leak at the Gas ‘N’ Go at the corner of Coebourn Boulevard and Edgmont Avenue.

"Somehow the extra quantity of gasoline did not stay in its containment, or the safety system didn't work," said Timothy Boyce, director of emergency services for Delaware County.

"The end result is that there is a lot of product in the ground and unfortunately in the ground water moving towards the small tributaries nearby."

Officials are warning the public to stay out of area waterways like the Chester Creek and not to remove any fish.

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to keep a close eye on the area's soil and water.