Contact: Dan Heaton
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2019
MCPWO Directs Pollution Cleanup in Bear Creek Drain
Remediation work is set to begin at a gas station along the Bear Creek Drain in Warren, where a petroleum product was found to be leaking in the drain. The contamination was found during a drain inspection by the Macomb County Public Works Office (MCPWO), which has jurisdiction over 475 county drains.
County inspectors discovered the pollution, believed to be old diesel fuel, near a BP gas station and truck stop on Mound Road, just north of I-696, in Warren.
Under MCPWO permits, a collection trench is being dug at the gas station site to prevent any potential future pollution. The trench will be monitored for five years and re-evaluated at the end of that period. Work to dig the collection trench and to remove contaminated soil from along the drain will begin in the next few weeks.
“We are continually inspecting our drains and we encourage the public to be an extra set of eyes for us as well,” said MCPWO Commissioner Candice S. Miller. “When we find a problem, we fix it.”
MCPWO has worked closely with the property owner, Armada Oil & Gas, and the Michigan Dept. of Energy, Great Lakes & Environment, on the cleanup.
“The property owner has been an excellent neighbor in this whole process. As soon as this issue was brought to their attention, they engaged an environmental firm to first prevent any additional damage and second to develop a long-term fix,” Miller said.
At the site, dozens of monitoring wells were drilled to determine the location of the petroleum and tests were conducted on all storage tanks and fuel pumps.
The BP station is among the busiest fuel points for commercial trucks in Macomb County.
“We’ve been cognizant of the role this business plays in one of our chief industrial corridors in all of southeast Michigan, but at the same time, our primary goal is always to protect our waterways. What we do in the Bear Creek, and in all of our drains, has a direct impact on water quality in our magnificient Great Lakes,” Miller said.
The Bear Creek Drain begins in Oakland County and runs more or less diagonally from southwest Warren to the north east, emptying into the Red Run Drain, north of 13 Mile Road and east of Van Dyke. Most of the Bear Creek is carried in an underground pipe, but in places it is open, including near the BP station on Mound. About 75,000 people live in the Bear Creek drainage district. Like all drains in Macomb County, the water in the Bear Creek eventually ends up in Lake St. Clair. The Bear Creek drains about 14,000 acres of property in Warren, Center Line and in Oakland County. In total, the Bear Creek runs about 11 miles in length. The drain was legally established in 1910.
MCPWO operates a 24-hour hotline that can be called if people see pollution in a county drain. The number is (877) 679-4337.
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