Fire and Rescue crews have set up an on-site command post to manage the hazardous materials incident. Earlier this afternoon the Fire & Rescue Department was contacted when Marathon personnel noticed a spark inside the fuel tank when crews were filling the tank. Because of the static electricity concern related to moving fuel form tank to tank, all company operations were shut down and fire crews were dispatched immediately.
During the late afternoon and early evening hours, officials have looked at several options for mitigating the risk. Crews from the Marathon Petroleum Company are now working to implement a plan to bond and ground the fuel tank with concern.
Bonding and Grounding is a process completed to eliminate the build-up static electricity and prevent sparks from causing a fire. If this process is successful, then the follow-up inspection process of the tank will then be considered normal operating procedures for Marathon Petroleum Company and the Roanoke County Fire & Rescue crews will be demobilized at that time.