State Begins Petroleum Cleanup In Penasco

State Begins Petroleum Cleanup In Penasco

A $3 million project in Penasco aims to remove petroleum-contaminated soil and replace part of a water line that serves the northern New Mexico community.

The state Environment Department is working with A1 Auto gas station on the project.

It involves removing about 11,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil and replacing a 700-foot section of water line.

The department’s Petroleum Storage Tank and Drinking Water bureaus took samples from concerned residents who live near A1 Auto in January. Tests indicated 12 homes were affected by petroleum contamination.

The department provided temporary tap filters to those residents. But Environment Secretary Ron Curry said the department would install carbon filter systems by next week.

Work on the water line should be done in September.

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