Work crews have begun tests to determine whether a trench must be dug and a pump installed to remove thousands of gallons of gasoline-contaminated ground water in West Hollywood.
Persistently leaking gasoline fumes have repeatedly forced residents from their homes in the Huntley Drive area. Some of the evacuees have not returned home because of the noisy presence of work crews and because city and state officials are still trying to decide how to deal with the problem, city officials said.
The leaks have been traced to a Union Oil station at the Santa Palm Car Wash on Santa Monica Boulevard, according to city administrative assistant Dori Stegman. She said that analysts from the state Regional Water Quality Control Board have tested other gas stations within a 12-mile radius of the Santa Palm station, but have found no other significant spills.
"We may have to do the tests again," Stegman cautioned, adding, "We want to be sure that when people move back to their homes, they don't have to worry about any other evacuations."