NASELLE — It’s taken longer than expected, but if all goes as planned, Johnson’s One-Stop in Naselle should be back to pumping gasoline and diesel by the end of the week. Back on March 26, it was thought the service station would only be out of service for three weeks while the underground fuel storage tanks were being replaced.
“There have been a lot of obstacles,” said owner Earl Johnson. “First, the weather hasn’t cooperated with the crew. The tanks had to come out of Fresno, California. All the piping and then getting the electricians. All these guys are busy and so to coordinate all those things and get them all here has been a challenge.”
The tanks and piping are now in place and backfilled. The surface now needs to be topped with concrete, the tanks filled and the fuel pumps reinstalled.
“If the weather holds out, we’ll be pouring concrete on Tuesday (May 16),” Johnson said. “Barring anything unforeseen, we should be back to pumping fuel on Friday. They have a pumper truck scheduled and 12 guys coming from Cornelius, Oregon on Tuesday. They said if they pour on Tuesday, the concrete will be hard enough for them to put the pumps back in on Wednesday. The tanks are supposed to be filled Thursday night. The concrete takes 72 hours to cure, so they’re saying by Friday we should have the electricians here and have everything plugged and wired in. We should be up and running and have all the bugs worked out in time for Memorial Day weekend and the upcoming summer. We just had to bite the bullet and do it and it will be nice when it is done. The tanks should then be good for the next 35 years.”
For the curious who have wondered about the purpose of the large green containers parked around the One-Stop, they are being used to store water that was pumped out of the excavation hole. According to Johnson, the water is being tested and Department of Ecology will then decide whether it needs to be filtered or treated in some way before being released.