Police: Illegal oil dumping caused downtown gas leak fears

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery police are now looking for a serious polluter, not a gas leak.

Someone dumped an, as of yet, unidentified petroleum oil byproduct into the city storm drain Friday sparking fears of a gas leak. The disposal of oil in that manner is illegal.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says if his office finds out who dumped the oil he'll make sure they're prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The city's emergency response investigation cost taxpayers nearly $15,000, Strange said.

Buddy Morgan with the Montgomery Water Works says they don't know exactly where the person dumped the oil into the system, but they have isolated all the lines that are contaminated.

Each line runs into the city's purification plant, Morgan said, where the water will be cleaned. He said the oil will not make it into the Alabama River or into drinking water.

Several roads are currently blocked off:

  • Gibb Street between North Perry and Coosa
  • Monroe Street between Coosa and Jefferson

All WESTBOUND TRAFFIC is being directed towards Tallapoosa Street

All EASTBOUND TRAFFIC is being directed towards Commerce Street, then rerouted to Dexter Avenue.

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