Petroleum Product Spills Into Popo Agie River in Lander
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is investigating after a petroleum product was spilled into the middle fork of the Popo Agie River in Lander Tuesday night.
Lander police and firefighters were called to the Main Street bridge after a resident reported smelling gasoline fumes coming from the river.
Wyoming DEQ spokesman Keith Guille said the chemical is a refined petroleum product, possibly gasoline.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently conducting cleanup efforts which includes placing booms and skimmers in the river. Guille said the investigation is a "high priority."
"We recognize that finding answers in this is imperative," Guille said.
Guille added that a nearby gas station is being looked at as a possible source for the leak. However, it's too early to say for sure.
South First Street is closed at its intersection with Main Street.