Trumbull Land Bank works to clean up former gas station sites

Submitted photo This photo provided by the Trumbull County Land Bank shows a derelict fuel station at 1003 N. Main St., Hubbard. The land bank had the station’s fuel tanks removed and is monitoring for soil contamination.

WARREN — The Trumbull County Land Bank has had former fuel stations in Brookfield and Girard remediated, is working on a third in Hubbard, and is looking to complete a fourth in West Farmington.

The organization also has a survey on its website for residents to share information. So far, the response has been good.

“In just a few days, we’ve received approximately 56 responses based on the survey placed on our Facebook page,” Ashley Yuhasz, Trumbull County Land Bank administrator, said. “We did not expect that kind of response.”

It’s part of an effort to create a database of all abandoned gas stations in the county.

The land bank began doing environmental clean-ups of abandoned gas stations in 2019. The remediation work includes pulling the fuel storage tanks from the ground and then, over time, removing contamination from the soil above and around the tanks. State grants pay for the work.

The first property cleaned was the former Brookfield Fuel Express, 920 Irvine Ave. Another property remediated was McQuaid’s Gas, 131 State St., Girard.

Work done so far at Clark Gas, 1003 N. Main St., Hubbard, has included tank removal. Inspectors are monitoring the level of soil contamination.

In the land bank’s sights is the West Farmington station at 165 Main St., Yuhasz said.

“We see cleaning up the former gas station site as a part of the work we’re doing in brownfield remediation,” she said.

The survey is available on the land bank’s Facebook page.



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