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French Broad River Fuel Spill Update

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State regulatory agencies say a kerosene spill in the French Broad River this week that effectively “closed” the river to all intended uses including boating and fishing, will result in citations to Mountain Energy, a bulk fuel facility.

The Asheville-Citizen Times reports authorities warn people to stay out of the French Broad River following Sunday’s spill in Asheville. North Carolina Division of Waste Management spokeswoman Laura Leonard says the oil spilled from an above-ground storage tank at the Mountain Energy Bulk Fuel Facility, around 100 feet from the river.

Asheville Fire Department spokeswoman Kelley Klope says the department patched the hole and placed salvage drums under the tank to contain the flow. Klope estimates 4,000 gallons spilled into the French Broad, while Leonard says the figure is closer to 1,000 gallons.