The cleanup of a fuel spill from a garage that operated for decades on Maverick Square in Rockland continues, although slowly, the state project manager said.

Tom Benn with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection said the process has taken more time than he would have liked, but it is a complicated case.

Benn said he is awaiting word from Tyree Environmental of Massachusetts in response to questions he had about its recommendations for the next phase of the cleanup, which includes cleaning the properties adjacent to the lot owned by Getty Oil subsidiary Leemilts Petroleum Inc. Fuel from underground tanks at the Getty site leaked, sending gasoline into the soil on that lot, on the adjacent Mank property and, through a broken storm drain, to a neighboring residential property.

The tanks were removed two years ago as was soil from the Getty lot at the northeast corner of the intersection of Maverick and Camden streets.

The property has sat vacant for three years since Harry French closed his automobile repair shop that he leased from Getty. Getty has owned the property since 1986.

State Rep. Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland, said last week he was disappointed at the slow pace of the cleanup. He said almost a year ago, he was told that the state was waiting for a cleanup plan from Tyree.

Benn said he shares the frustration with the length of time. He said the state agreed to have Getty contract with a firm – Tyree – to do the cleanup. Tyree sends reports to the state and the state reviews and then reimburses the company for its work. There have been changes in management of the project at Tyree, he said. But there has also been progress. A storm drain was repaired where the leak went into the adjacent residential property.

In addition, Benn said he is one of only three people assigned to oversee contamination cleanups for the entire state. While significant, the spill at the Rockland site is a lower priority than ones at many other sites where the spills are larger and where they affect drinking water for many residents. The Rockland spill is not affecting drinking water, Benn said.

The cost of the Rockland project will be about $250,000. The state pays for the cleanups through a pool of money paid by fuel dealers.

Greg Hass of Tyree referred all questions to Getty Oil’s marketing department. A call was made May 6 to Getty’s office in Long Island. There was no response by the morning of May 7.