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W.H. Riley Oil Spill

In February 2007, the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection notified EPA that a home heating oil delivery truck carrying 2,000 gallons of fuel overturned on Gregory Drive in Seekonk. A nearby catch basin/storm drain was impacted. Ten Mile River is nearby; however, no information was available to determine if it had been impacted. The DEP dispatched two responders, along with EPA's response personnel to help with the response. The truck owner, W.H. Riley & Son, hired Cyn Environmental to do the cleanup. EPA reported that the fuel delivery truck's entire content was released into the environment. The U.S. Coast Guard estimated 200 gallons of fuel oil reached the Ten Mile River. The Seekonk Fire Department constructed berms around the nearby catch basin; however, some of the oil migrated into the storm drain and subsequently into Ten Mile River. The DEP hired Clean Harbors to place absorbent booms into the river to contain the release, and EPA, USCG, DEP and the RI Department of Environmental Management were on scene. Response activities continued until sunset and resumed the following day. EPA stayed at the scene and the Massachusetts and Rhode Island environmental departments returned the next day to continue oversight of the cleanup. EPA continued coordinating with the states as the cleanup progressed.

Location: Seekonk, MA
Start date: 02/15/2007
End date: 02/16/2007
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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