SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — A Downeast Energy oil truck lost some of its load during a home delivery Monday afternoon, spilling upward of 30 gallons onto the street and making its way into Great Works River. The spill was quickly contained and although a smell lingered in the air there was no threat to those living nearby.
The South Berwick Fire Department responded to the spill originating at 15 Quarry Drive in the Old Mills subdivision at approximately 2:15 p.m.
“He was backed into a driveway delivering oil and the vent on top of his truck was open,” Deputy Fire Chief and Code Enforcement Officer Joe Rousselle said of the Downeast Energy oil truck driver involved. “By the time he got done filling up and realized it, he had lost anywhere from 20-30 or maybe 40 gallons.”
The Department of Environmental Protection was immediately notified, the drain to the river blocked and a boom was being used to absorb the oil on the iced-over river.
Firefighters blocked off a portion of the street off and were using absorbent pads to soak up the oil in the roadway.
“Our biggest concern was that it went into a catch basin that goes directly to the river,” said Rousselle. “The absorbent pads soak up oil and petroleum products, so that’s the best thing we can do; just try to stop whatever would go into the catch basins.”
The firefighters used absorbent booms to collect the oil they could get off the ice on the river and the DEP would get a cleaning company to pump out the basins.
“It was in an area where we could isolate it, so that was a good thing,” said Rousselle.
Officials said there was no danger to residents, their children or pets.
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