Some Ferron residents along Bowden Lane have been complaining about a gasoline smell in their homes in the last week.
Some Ferron residents along Bowden Lane have been complaining about a gasoline smell in their homes in the last week. They have suspected that the odor is coming from the sewer drains. After complaints to the Castle Valley Special Service District, the district has taken action to get to the bottom of the problem. The district flushed all of the lines and used the vactor truck to clean the sewer drains.
However these actions didnât stop the problem and the odor is still present in the homes.
Thursday the crews dug a hole at the corner of 100 South and State Street. This is the spot which is the end of that particular sewer line. The crew severed the pipe at that location, a cement truck came and the pipe and surrounding area was filled with cement. It is hoped this will fix the problem by not allowing the gasoline to seep into the line.
CVSSD director Jacob Sharp was on the scene. At the site where the hole was dug, gasoline puddled at the bottom of the hole on top of the ground water. It is not known where the gasoline is coming from.
The two stores in Ferron have above the ground gas tanks and no buried underground tanks. Research is being conducted in the area to see if there are any possible sources for the gasoline leak. Officials are looking for any long ago buried and forgotten underground gas tanks. It has been mentioned a dairy used to be in the vicinity of the gasoline leak, but, there isnât any information currently available to tell officials or residents where the gasoline is seeping from.
Local haz-mat crews have been notified about the problem. After the Department of Environmental Quality from Price checks out the hole that was dug and the gasoline in the hole, then it will be filled in again and hopefully the smell will go away for those residents affected.
Those that live in the area and that have had the problem have complained it has given them headaches and dizziness. Attempts to air out the homes hasnât been successful, as the smell eventually returns.
Information will be posted on the Emery County Progress Website as details become available on this situation.