An underground gas tank leak at the Speedway service station on Highway 105 South has closed the station.

The Watauga Democrat reports the station closed on Wednesday, January 31st.

According to the report, Laura Leonard of the N.C. Divisions of Waste Management and Environmental Assistance said a petroleum release was detected from the underground storage tank system and the owner decided to remove the tank, conduct cleanup activities and replace it with a new system.

The report indicates the Department's Underground Storage Tanks Section is conducting oversight of removal and cleanup activities.

Watauga Riverkeeper Andy Hill of MountainTrue has been taking water samples to monitor water quality.