The Barre City Council learned Tuesday night neighbors smelled gas for three straight weeks before anyone caught a petroleum leak at a local gas station.
The North End Deli mart lost 3,000 gallons of petroleum due to a mechanical failure at the pump. The Agency of Natural Resources is following up with neighbors and local businesses to determine just how far the leak spread. The owner of the gas station Wesco oil will bear legal responsibility for the spill but the state has yet to determine if any wrongdoing occurred in this incident.
"We have had a little extension down main street. I advised the manager this morning at a staff meeting, I'm working to help take care of that. So any other businesses that are having that smell please let me know and we will try to get there immediately," said Joe Aldsworth with the Barre City Fire Department.
Owners conducted an independent annual inspection of the pipes in June -- they reported no problems at that time.