Impact of fuel spill 'minimal'

The environmental impact of a petrol spill following a crash near Paengaroa appears to be minimal, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council's pollution prevention officer says.

A tanker carrying petrol and diesel overturned on Old Coach Rd shortly before 9am on Saturday, causing fuel to leak out.

Speaking to the Bay of Plenty Times on Saturday, Fire Service northern communications shift manager Paul Radden said the tanker was believed to have contained 16,000 litres of fuel.

Two of the tanker's four compartments split and Maketu fire chief Shane Beech said emergency crews helped to plug an open roadside drain by creating a stop bank to prevent the fuel entering waterways.

Mr Beech estimated about 80 to 90 per cent of the fuel in the cracked tanks leaked out.

Emergency services were at the scene until about 6pm. Mr Beech said the driver was taken to Tauranga Hospital for observation.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council pollution prevention manager Nick Zaman said most of the spill was recovered, but a small spill went 15m into a roadside drain, which was located 250m from the nearest water course.

Some of the spillage evaporated as it was petrol, he said.

Mr Zaman said if the tanker had been full it would have been carrying 30,000 litres.

"We'll be investigating further exactly what was recovered with the Fire Service and the haulage company," he said.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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