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Dalton, Mass Oil Release

Dalton, Mass Oil Release

A truck accident involving a United Transport oil tractor trailer on April 23 2010, released about 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of No. 2 heating oil in Dalton. When EPA arrived on scene the Dalton Fire Department had begun to build a berm to contain the release in the Walters Brook area about 300 feet upstream to prevent any flow of oil into the Housatonic River. Within the first few hours of the release, about 7,500 gallons of oil was recovered. The cleanup crew created a weir-like dam to prevent any additional flow from potential rainfall, which allowed contractors to skim the oil from the top, and water to flow beyond the sand berm. Cleanup crews dried the roadways and used a vacuum truck to clean oil and oil-saturated debris from catch basins leading to Walkers Brook. By later that week, the crew had recovered about 9,000 of the 10,000 gallons spilled. The brook area was to be excavated and catch basins replaced.

Location: Dalton, MA
Start date: 04/22/2010
End date: 04/22/2010
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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