Colonial Pipeline Spill

This page will be used to post information and updates as they are available related to the Colonial Pipeline Spill that occurred at the Oehler Nature Preserve owned by Mecklenburg County in the Town's extra-territorial jurisdiction off Huntersville-Concord Road on August 14, 2020.  

Colonial Pipeline submitted its Initial Abatement Action Report to NC DEQ on Oct. 30, 2020. This report indicates recovery in excess of 330,000 gallons from the spill site and recovery wells to date. It does not include a revised spill total.

November 5, 2020 DEQ Statement on Volume of Colonial Pipeline’s August Gasoline Spill in Huntersville

September 25, 2020 Notice of Violation from NC DEQ to Colonial

September 13, 2020 Update from Colonial Pipeline - 48-hour estimate of 63,000 gallons spilled revised to 272,580 gallons of gasoline released (they estimate approximately half has been recovered) as part of their 30-day report due to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) by September 14.  

Click Here to View Report submitted to PHMSA on September 13, 2020.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Fact Sheet (August 26, 2020)

Handout from August 27, 2020 Community Meeting

Video Feed from August 27, 2020 Community Meeting (.mp4)

(Note: this is the virtual feed and shares what the audience saw that night.  While you can't see the audience, you can hear their questions and statements.  Feed begins just after start of meeting with introductions by regulatory agencies, starting with Tony Bateman from Charlotte-Mecklenburg EM).  Contact information for agencies represented are included below.

Additional Resources and Contact Information from August 27 Community Meeting:


The Division of Waste Management through NC Department of Environmental Quality is the agency responsible for oversight of cleanup and remediation from this incident. 

They have created a webpage to track this incident:  

Other Documents:

MO-88795_95827_G_NORR_20200820_Notice of Regulatory Requirements (8/20/2020)

On Sept. 25, 2020, DEQ issued a Notice of Violation to Colonial Pipeline for impacts to groundwater quality.

September 25, 2020 Press Release Announcing Notice of Violation - LINK

Initial Abatement Action Report from Colonial Pipeline (Oct. 30, 2020)