CHINA — A small amount of gasoline was spilled at Lakeside Country Store near China Lake Monday, but it was contained in the parking lot, according to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

An Irving tanker truck spilled between 50 and 100 gallons of gas while filling the reserve in a containment building to the side of the main store.

Maine DEP Director of Communications Jessamine Logan said that a hose malfunction caused the spill.
Logan said the spill did not affect the nearby lake or any standing water.

Code Enforcement Officer Scott Pierz said the manager of the store and the truck driver built a barrier to keep the oil in the parking lot.

Traffic was diverted away from Lakeview Drive and toward Causeway Road while the cleanup took place early afternoon.

State police arrived around 1 p.m. to help with traffic.

Pierz said the China Fire Department responded quickly and when he left the scene around 2:45 p.m. there were three Maine DEP officials assisting with the cleanup. Traffic was reopened on the road by 4:30 p.m.

Logan said the fire department used sand to help stabilize the spill.

Jesse Scardina — 861-9239
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