BROOKLIN — Good news for drivers in Brooklin and its surrounding environs: the gas pumps at the Brooklin General Store are once again dispensing fuel.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection on May 28 granted the store a three-month extension for its existing single-wall fuel tanks.
The underground fuel storage tanks, which belong to R.L. Greenlaw and Sons in Stonington, had reached their 30-year life span on April 30.
Double-walled petroleum tanks are now the standard.
In a social media post, store co-owner Lorinda Toscas said the extension expires on Aug. 31 but the new double-walled tanks will be installed by mid-August.
Scott Whittier, division director for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s petroleum management division, said the DEP authorized the store to resume selling gas.
“The owners and operators have been very compliant,” Whittier said.
Plus, Whittier said, there’s a backlog of orders across the United States for the double-walled tanks, which are made from fiberglass.
“All the New England states have deadlines for removal of single-wall tanks,” Whittier said. “But this is going on all across the country. Everyone is aware of the 30-year manufacturer warranty. Not that the warranty offers a lot of environmental protection, but it is one measure of the life expectancy of these systems.”
Whittier said a Maine-certified tank installer has reviewed all of the system components at the store’s fueling station to ensure it is working properly.
“We also had DEP staff review their inventory records for the previous three months,” Whittier said. The DEP will continue to do so until the new tanks are installed, he said.
Inventory records of fuel deliveries serve as an alert should there be a leak, according to Whittier.
Toscas said via email Monday that when the new tanks are installed, the store will offer ethanol-free gasoline as well as regular gasoline.