Teens who found major Colonial Pipeline leak in nature preserve speak to Channel 9

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Two teens riding ATVs in Huntersville last summer are credited with finding a massive Colonial Pipeline fuel spill, which was last estimated at 1.2 million gallons.

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Walker Sell and Owen Fehr were riding through the Oehler Nature Preserve when they smelled an overwhelming odor of gasoline.

“It was just bubbling out of the ground like a fire hydrant would,” Fehr told Channel 9.

>> In the video at the top of this page, reporter Anthony Kustura spoke with the teens about what happened when they discovered one of the largest fuel spills in U.S. history.

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