June 19, 2018
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Less than 5 gallons of heating fuel spilled onto Oakland roads

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

OAKLAND, Maine — Home heating oil that spilled from a delivery truck as it drove along several miles of road reduced traffic to one lane on Belgrade Road along Route 11 on Friday.

Maine State Police, Oakland police and fire departments as well as Oakland public works and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection are at the scene where the truck stopped at 264 Belgrade Road, according to Oakland fire Chief Dave Coughlin.

Oil from a Dead River home delivery oil truck was spilled or leaked out of the truck over the course of five to six miles, he said.

“There was some oil that leaked out from the Pond Road to this location on the Belgrade Road,” he said. “Most of it wasn’t a big deal, but it was very slippery with a lot of oil [on Belgrade Road].”

Bob Williams, Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s oil and hazardous material responder, said he estimated less than 5 gallons spilled onto the ground.

“It appears when they filled the truck up they had some spillage,” said Williams. “The truck gets filled at the top. It spread out onto the water [on the road] and looks worse than it was.”

He said some oil sat on top of the truck, and when the heavy rain hit the oil, it caused it to spill onto the ground.

“There’s a drain area up there, almost like a catch basin on top of the truck,” he said. “The oil came out of it and drained out.”

Absorbent pads and sand have been used to help soak up the oil. The wells in the area aren’t at risk, said Williams.

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