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Abenaqui Carriers, I-91 Chicopee Oil Spill, Chicopee, MA

On March 28, 2008, a fuel tanker truck hauling 10,500 gallons of gasoline/diesel was involved in an accident on I-91 Northbound, along the east side of the bridge crossing the Connecticut River in Chicopee, Massachusetts. In an effort to stop quickly, the tanker lost control, and the trailer portion of the fuel tanker rolled over the guard rail, caught fire and came to rest on its base along the hillside approximately 80 feet beneath the Interstate. The tanker contained 9,500 gallons of gasoline and 1000 gallons of diesel fuel.

Much of the fuel was consumed during the fire that burned for over an hour after the incident. The remainder either spilled and soaked into the adjacent soils of the hillside or remained in the tanker. An unknown volume reached Center Street and entered the Connecticut River via storm drains during the early stages of the incident.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and EPA responded to the incident and worked with the contractor representing the fuel carrier. The contractor hired a subcontractor to recover released fuel from the saturated hillside, Center Street and the Connecticut River.

During the initial response, EPA contractors conducted air monitoring of storm drains and saturated soils and collected water samples from the Connecticut River. They shipped the samples for analysis to the EPA New England Regional Laboratory. Results confirmed the presence of low level volatile organic compounds in the Connecticut River. MassDEP continues to provide direction and supervision regarding soil remediation near the incident. EPA plans no additional action.

Location: I-91 Chicopee Oil Spill, Chicopee, MA
Start date: 03/28/2008
End date: 07/31/2008
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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