Yellowstone’s Biggest Road Fuel Spill in Nearly 20 Years Still Not Cleaned Up

The largest fuel spill in nearly 20 years has caused a road in Yellowstone to remain closed.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

September 02, 20201 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

The road between Mud Volcano and Fishing Bridge Junction in Yellowstone National Park was still closed Wednesday after a tanker overturned last week and spilled more than 3,000 gallons of unleaded fuel in the area.

The National Park Service said it hoped the road would be reopened within a week once the cleanup is finished and the road is repaired.

“A large hole in the road was excavated to locate the extent of the spilled gasoline, remove the contaminated soil, and ensure cleanup. The hole is 100 feet wide by 100 feet long by 10 feet deep,” the agency said.

Excavated materials contaminated with gasoline will be removed from the park and disposed of at an appropriate facility.

The park is coordinating with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality on cleanup efforts.

Due to the prolonged road closure between Mud Volcano and Fishing Bridge Junction, visitors are urged to consider alternate routes.

Currently, Mud Volcano is only accessible from the north and Fishing Bridge Junction is only accessible from the south and from the East Entrance.

For more information on this road closure and all road conditions in Yellowstone, visit this page.

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