On July 22, Colonial Pipeline shared a new volume estimate as part of the recent consent order with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.
On August 14, 2020, Colonial Pipeline responded to reports of gasoline on our right of way in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, just outside the town of Huntersville. We immediately shut down the section of our pipeline in the area to investigate and, from that day forward, have remained steadfast in our commitment to protecting public health and safety, recovering free product, and remediating the local environment. Colonial will remain at this location for as long as it takes to meet or exceed state environmental regulations for underground refined product release events.
Our environmental remediation efforts include a network of over 385 wells installed to date. This extensive network of wells facilitates the removal of free product from the subsurface, monitors the migration of product below ground, and provides us with scientific data to aid and direct our efforts at the location, since the initial days of our response and continuing through today.
Additionally, Colonial continues to conduct sampling and analysis of water supply wells for properties within the sampling radius and frequencies established by state environmental regulators. These water samples are collected by third-party consultants and submitted under chain of custody to North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) certified third-party laboratories for thorough analysis. The results are then provided directly to the property owners, to Mecklenburg County technical experts, and to the NCDEQ.
Importantly, no petroleum constituents have been detected in any drinking water supply wells that have been sampled. Environmental monitoring, including air quality and noise, will continue for the foreseeable future to ensure conditions remain safe for our employees and our neighbors.
Our commitment to safely protecting human health and the environment remains our top priority. These priorities guide our day-to-day operations as a company and our response in Huntersville and Mecklenburg County.