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Work continues on cleanup of 55,000 gallons of gas near Jackson

Work continues on cleanup of 55,000 gallons of gas near Jackson

By The Associated Press & WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jul 27, 2012 - UPDATED: Jul 27, 2012

JACKSON- Officials say environmental monitoring of a massive gasoline spill in Wisconsin could continue for months and perhaps years.

A crew of about two dozen workers continues to clean up the site in the Washington County Town of Jackson. An estimated 55,000 gallons of gas leaked from a broken pipeline owned by West Shore Pipe Line Co. last week.

What started out as a small hole to fix the gas pipeline that carries fuel to green bay has now taken up a crater in John Fenton's yard.

"When they started the hole was just the width of the pipe over there...It's about 100 feet wide now," said Fenton to TODAY'S TMJ4.  "Gas made it all the way to our wells."

Fenton says the toughest thing is not knowing what they are going to find next.

Four private wells are now contaminated and the Journal Sentinel reports that 23 private wells are expected to be tested for contamination.

The line has since been reopened.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says the spill is one of the 10 largest in the country this year.

Department of Natural Resources spills coordinator Scott Ferguson says sampling of all wells within a half-mile radius of the spill should be done by Friday, but the results might not be known until next week.

The Sheboygan Press says the 98-mile pipeline provides fuel for northeastern Wisconsin and parts of Michigan.