Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Scientists Race To Contain Gasoline.(New Mexico)

Byline: Morgan Lee Journal Northern Bureau

Wells Near Spill Appear Safe, State Officials Say

SANTA FE Environmental scientists with the state and Pojoaque Pueblo have been racing for more than two weeks to contain an underground gasoline plume, the results of a Sept. 19 truck wreck on U.S. 84/285 that contaminated ground water beneath the Pojoaque River.

State and pueblo officials say domestic water wells in the area aren't currently in danger of contamination.

But the underground plume spread at an alarming rate after a gasoline tanker spilled 1,200 gallons of fuel down a storm drain into the Pojoaque River.

"It's the fastest I've ever seen contaminates move underground," said geologist Dennis McQuillan of the New Mexico Environment Department. …

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