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Harwich Oil Spill

Oil spill from an overturned tanker in Harwich, MA

EPA received a request from the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection for assistance at an incident involving an overturned tanker truck carrying approximately 10,000 gallons of No. 2 heating oil. It occurred at the intersection of Great Western Avenue and Lothrop Avenue in Harwich. It was due to an accident that involved a car and the tanker truck. Both the tanker and the car were removed on May 15, with some 3,000 gallons of heating oil released. Two of five compartments on the tanker were impacted. The Massachusetts Hazardous Materials Response Team accessed and pumped out the remaining contents into a vacuum truck for disposal. Most of the oil released was contained on the roadway with sand berms, but a significant amount did impact a nearby wetland. Sorbents were placed in the wetland area to collect some of the oil. Contractors were hired by the potentially responsible party to collect the oil from the berm and to clean up the oil in the wetlands. Mass. DEP continued oversight and provided updates to EPA through completion of the cleanup.

Location: Harwich, MA
Start date: 05/14/2008
End date: 11/14/2009
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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