Report: Most of spilled oil in Hebron school leaked into wetlands

Posted Jan. 24, 2014, at 7:03 a.m.

HEBRON, Maine — The Department of Environmental Protection says that most of the 1,950 gallons of heating oil that spilled at a Hebron school last month has leaked into nearby wetlands, according to a report in the Sun Journal.

On Dec. 25, a C.N. Brown driver went to Hebron Station School to fill the oil tank after a power failure. The fuel gauge continued to show the tank was empty, even as the driver pumped more than 1,900 gallons into into the 2,000-gallon tank.

Oil leaked from an emergency valve out into a containment room the basement before leaking into the ground below..

The DEP told the Sun Journal that oil leaked into the wetlands around the school, and that pink oil blotches could be seen in the snow and ice. The DEP has laid absorption pads, but said it didn’t know how much oil could be contained with the pads.

Hebron Station School has been closed since the spill, and the elementary students’ classes have been moved to Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.

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