Trailside General Store
The Lusk Herald, October 19, 1994
Just when the water seems safe to drink, another surprise lurks in the shadows. They Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Water Quality Division, is examining a site surrounding the Trailside General Store in Lusk due to underground contamination caused by leaking gasoline storage tank systems. The problem is not a new one, but was first detected in July 5, 1984. After investigation, the DEQ identified a piping leak at the Trailside Store, between the underground storage tanks and and the surface gasoline dispenser. The DEQ installed several wells to retrieve gasoline that had already leaked unto the ground. A second leak was detected in November 1990 and a new fiberglass reinforced piping was installed at Trailside. By February 1995, five wells had been installed in the area, and a total of 2.000 gallons of hydrocarbon and benzine containing gasoline had been recovered. The DEQ writes in a report, "Although much free product has been removed, sampling data indicated that the soil and groundwater at the Trailside remains contaminated with product generated by the piping leak. " The DEQ Water Quality Division has reopened the investigation into the Trailside site and plans to drill several new wells over the next one-and-a-half to three years.
110 East 7th, Lusk WYoming