Press Release

BALTIMORE, MD (March 3, 2006) --The Greater Jacksonville Association in conjunction with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will host an update meeting next week on progress made to address the severe gasoline spill that is under investigation in that area.

Over the weekend of Feb. 21, MDE, which administers the state’s Oil Control Program, responded to a significant leak at the ExxonMobil gasoline station located at the intersection of Jarrettsville Pike (Rt. 145) and Paper Mill Road (Rt. 146). The department is currently overseeing the recovery of an estimated 25,000-gallon leak from a regular unleaded gasoline line at the Jacksonville Exxon station.

The public meeting will start at 7 p.m. on March 9 at the Jacksonville Elementary School located at 3400 Hillendale Heights Road in Phoenix. [Note: The meeting site has been changed to Cockeysville Middle School, located at 10401 Greenside Drive in Cockeysville.]

ExxonMobil and MDE will give an update on the gasoline release investigation and product recovery operations. Private well sampling results will also be shared.

In addition to the ongoing sampling of existing supply wells, to date MDE has required ExxonMobil to install 32 groundwater monitoring wells to assist in locating and recovering the released gasoline. The company must also provide MDE with daily status updates on the amount of product recovered and other field activities. ExxonMobil is coordinating their investigation with BP Amoco, a neighboring station that is the source of historical contamination in the area.