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Fuel spills into Lake Norman from vessel

MOORESVILLE Officials from the federal Environmental Protection Agency were on the scene Wednesday morning of a minor fuel spill off Keats Drive on Lake Norman.

Keats Drive is in southern Iredell County off Alcove and Templeton roads, between Interstate 77 Exits 31 and 33.

Hazardous-materials crews who responded to the scene at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday observed an unknown fluid leaking into the lake from a construction barge, Jamie Barrier of Mooresville Fire & Rescue said.

Hazardous-materials crews from the Mooresville Fire Department responded to assist the Mount Mourne Volunteer Fire Department.

Crews placed a line of absorbent boom around the leaking vessel and notified the proper authorities, including Iredell County Emergency Management and the EPA, fire officials said.

Only a small amount of fuel leaked from the barge, five gallons or less, Mount Mourne Fire Chief Roger Hoover said Wednesday.

EPA representatives met with the owner of the barge Wednesday morning and are handling the investigation, Hoover said.

Residents who are at the scene told the Observer the barge belongs to Mooresville-based Lancaster Custom Dock & Lift Systems.

Mark Lancaster, who owns the company and serves on the Lake Norman Marine Commission, couldn’t be reached Wednesday. The company’s phone message mailbox was full and not accepting messages.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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