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Orange, Conn. Diesel Spill

Emergency response at Orange, Conn. Diesel Spill

About 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel were released after a motor vehicle accident at 8: 37 am at the intersection of Fernbrook Road and Rt. 34 in Orange, Conn., caused a truck to roll over. The Delta Bulk Transportation truck was out of West Bridgewater, Conn. The state Department of Environmental Protection, the lead agency for the response, notified EPA of the release at noon and an EPA representative arrived at 4 pm.

According to Delta Bulk, a car cut off the fuel truck, resulting in the rollover. Oil from the truck travelled from the road into a storm drain that empties into the Two Mile Brook, which flows into the Housatonic River about 1.4 miles away. Route 34 was re-opened at about 5:45 p.m.

A local fire fighter who also runs a heavy equipment leasing company used a backhoe to pile soil near the leaking truck, allowing oil to collect in the road and reducing the impact on the river. Some 3,000 gallons were recovered, and 2,500 were taken off the truck, leaving the final estimate of oil released to the water at 2,500 gallons. Of this, an estimated 100 gallons reached the Housatonic.

Delta Bulk Transportation hired a contractor to do the cleanup. A dirt dam constructed on Two Mile Brook captured the released oil and provided a good recovery point. The work continued through the night. DEP travelled up the Housatonic River in a boat to the outfall of the brook. The sheen was sufficiently light and small that a boom was not necessary. The shoreline of the Housatonic River and wildlife did not appear to be impacted.

Location: Route 34 and Fernbrook Road, Orange, CT
Start date: 02/25/2006
End date: 02/26/2006
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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