DEC hits service station with pages of violations

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The service station at William Street and Fillmore Avenue has been hit with five pages of state and federal environmental violations. This followed News 4’s report of the station allegedly selling watered down gas. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation inspected the station.

Deborah Dennis says her engine ran quiet and smooth until she filled up with gas from a former Citgo station, now registered with the state as the Metro Food Mart.

Dennis said, “To me, it sounds like a truck, and I can, then it ‘putts’, and cuts off.”

At least two dozen drivers have filed claims with the operators of the gas station, who claim the water in the tank is not their fault.

However last week, the State Department of Environmental Conservation inspected the station and issued a list of violations, nine state citations, three federal. This includes an unreported spill during the inspection itself with a monitoring port full of water and ice, during the inspection.

No leak detection monitoring records were even available for the inspection, neither were inventory records. Until now, the station operators were checking their surveillance video to make sure they weren’t getting ripped off, but agreed to cover the cost of getting the water out of customers’ tanks.

Deborah Dennis says they told her to call their insurance carrier.

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