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Huntersville public meeting on gas spill is Aug. 27

Aug. 26. The Town of Huntersville is hosting a public meeting Thursday, Aug. 27 at 5:30 pm at the Huntersville Recreation Center, 11836 Verhoeff Drive, to provide an update from the many public agencies responding to the Colonial Pipeline gasoline leak.

Colonial Pipeline completed the repair of the pipeline Wednesday evening.

The venue will allow for adequate social distancing. The meeting will include regulatory agencies who have been involved on scene since the pipeline leak was detected Friday, Aug. 14 in the pipeline crossing the Oehler Nature Preserve owned by Mecklenburg County in the Town’s extra-territorial jurisdiction.

The exact address is 14511 Huntersville-Concord Road.

Huntersville Fire Department has been on scene 24/7 leading fire suppression and prevention activities as the leak was repaired. Contract fire departments later joined those efforts as well.

Mecklenburg County stated Monday that Public Health had been updated on the situation and did not believe there was any threat to the potable drinking water wells at that time due to the nature of the spill and depths of the wells.

However, testing and monitoring will be ongoing into the future.  Additionally, Mecklenburg County Public Health will conduct independent testing.

Colonial Pipeline has worked with property owners within a 2,000 foot radius to test their wells, according to town officials. Sampling has been completed for most of those identified but there are a handful of property owners they are still trying to contact.

If you are near the site at 14511 Huntersville-Concord Road and/or near the Oehler Nature Preserve and are curious as to whether or not your well should be tested, contact Colonial Pipeline at https://sr2448.colonialresponse.com/ask-a-question/.

You can also contact the Town at townhall@huntersville.org with your name, address and contact information.  Colonial Pipeline is communicating the testing results to individual property owners and reporting them to NC Department of Environmental Quality.

Thursday’s meeting will be the first in a series of more formal updates from regulatory agencies involved.