COOLUM resident Byron Robertson says the diesel fumes emitting from an underground leak across the road from his home can be overpowering.

He has watched from his Daytona Ave home as work into finding the source of the leak at the BP service station has intensified.

A grassed area at the front of the business has been fenced off, with sandbags put in place to prevent pollutants entering the stormwater.

Meanwhile, temporary water flow barriers float in a gully at the bottom of the hill where the drain comes to an end.

Mr Robertson said fuel seemed to be leaking underground and rising up through the nature strip near his home.

“They’ve actually been working over there on this issue for months,” Mr Robertson said.

But he said heavy equipment had been called in the past fortnight or so.

“They seem to have put some new conduits it.”

He said the fumes tended to be strongest when the weather was still.

“The diesel vapour is quite a nuisance and an environmental hazard.”

He said he wanted the service station gone from the residential area.

A BP spokeswoman refused to give specific details on the leak.

“BP can confirm that remedial works are underway at BP Coolum following investigations into equipment failure on site,” the spokeswoman said.

“We notified the Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s environmental team and are continuing to work closely with them as we carry out the necessary works.”

Extracted in full from Sunshine Coast Daily.