Maine DEP cleans up Lincoln oil-tank leak

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
Posted April 18, 2012, at 4:37 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — A Maine Department of Environmental Protection crew cleaned up a minor heating-oil spill at an Evergreen Drive home Wednesday caused by a ruptured oil tank, a town official said.

The abandoned home at 14 Evergreen Drive has been in foreclosure for at least several months and the tank likely ruptured some time ago, Code Enforcement Officer Daniel Whittier said.

Less than 100 gallons were spilled, Whittier said.

John Selleck, a member of a Maine DEP Oil Spills Response Team, told Whittier during the cleanup Wednesday that the spill didn’t appear to get beyond the basement, which was somewhat flooded.

“He examined the area and was able to determine that it was a very old leak,” Whittier said.

Selleck cleaned up the spill with hazardous materials mats. He and Whittier were on scene early Wednesday afternoon.

Lincoln police Officers Mark Fucile and Detective David Cram told Whittier of the spill when they saw it while on patrol on Evergreen Drive at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, Whittier said.

Whittier posted health hazard warnings and called the DEP, he said. No further action is expected.

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