Shame on gas dumpers

Last week, reporter Steve Schulwitz raced out to the scene of an apparent gasoline spill on the Thunder Bay River.

Emergency crews responded with booms near the 9th Avenue dam, where gasoline was pluming on the river.

Officials traced the source back to the parking lot of the Alpena Area Credit Union on Miller Street, where officials think someone illegally dumped gas into the catch basin, which flows to the river.


Whoever was too lazy to deal with their chemicals in the proper fashion cost taxpayers as-of-yet untold sums for emergency crews to respond, and wasted time those crews could have spent otherwise serving the residents of Alpena.

Not to mention the potential harm to our natural resources.

There’s no excuse for that kind of laziness. The Alpena County Resource Recovery Facility offers a handy online search tool that lets you enter your home address and the type of material you’re hoping to dispose of, and it’ll tell you the best place to do so. Visit that tool here: alpena.mi.us/quick–links/alpena–resource–recovery/index.php.

That facility will properly dispose of gasoline most times of the year.

Auto Zone also will safely dispose of gasoline, oil and other automotive chemicals.

We all have to do our part to protect our planet and our valuable local resources. It isn’t hard, and it makes life better for all of us.

Doing anything else is just plain rotten.