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One year later: Gas spill clean-up in Aurelius nears completion

The long, clean-up process from a gas-line spill in the Cayuga County town of Aurelius last year is nearing its end.
Aurelius (WSYR-TV) - The long, clean-up process from a gas-line spill in the Cayuga County town of Aurelius is nearing its end.

One year ago, a farmer ruptured the pipeline, sending 25,000 gallons of gasoline pouring into the ground.

On Thursday afternoon, crews said that after months and months of removing the substance with each shovel full of dirt, they were close to having the clean-up completed.

In all, about 20,000 tons of soil have been removed form the site. Finally, the end is getting close and Buckeye Pipeline representatives are on hand to oversee the final phase.

“It’s gone really well,” said Martin White of Buckeye Pipeline. “It’s been a year, but it’s a reasonable timeframe for trying to remediate something of this magnitude.

Some field tile the farmer was trying to install still sits in the area. While, he was digging down, he struck the pipe below the earth, sending the gasoline to the surface.

From the moment the pipeline ruptured, they continued testing to make certain the soil and water were safe. The rest of the work will soon come to an end.

“Once we get done with all the impacted soils, all the egress areas, we're going to be bringing in top soil and leveling it all off, removing the access drives and then the farmer will go back to doing what the was doing,” White said.

The New York State DEC has been overseeing the entire clean-up plan and will determine how long Buckeye Pipeline must continue monitoring the five test wells on the site.
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