3,000 Gallons of Gasoline Spilled in Yellowstone
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 31, 2020
3,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline spills in Yellowstone.
The spill occurred last Thursday, August 27th. Details were sparse at the time but the road between Mud Volcano and Fishing Bridge Junction was indefinitely closed after the spill was reported. More information has been released – approximately 3,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline spilled when a tandem trailer overturned. It was being driven by a commercial vehicle. As you may recall, commercial tractor trailers and semi-trucks are banned in the park. But in this case, there were no laws being broken as the gasoline was being transported to facilities within the park. The incident is still under investigation, but the good news is park officials seem confident that none of the gasoline has spilled into the Yellowstone River.
There is still no reopening date as the hazmat cleanup of the site continues. Mud Volcano is open and can be accessed from the north, while the East Entrance Road to Fishing Bridge Junction is open. Visitors can also access Fishing Bridge Junction from the south. This closure affects the East Entrance more than any other. Hopefully, the closure won’t continue for too much longer. Stay informed!
For up-to-date road information, visit go.nps.gov/YellRoads, call (307) 344-2117 for a recorded message, or sign up to receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone by texting “82190” to 888-777.