Crews Dealing With Fuel Spill

By Jim Madalinsky

Published 01/14 2014 04:21PM

Updated 01/14 2014 10:50PM

SAXTON, BEDFORD COUNTY - Two fuel tanks at a home along Ann Street in Saxton, Bedford County leaked about 300 gallons of oil into the ground over the weekend.
Emergency managers were first alerted about the spill Monday morning after the oil had already spread into a culvert and a local stream.
Bedford County Emergency Manager Dave Cubbison says the weather has them playing catch-up.
“When rain comes down into the soil and into the ditch it'll move the product sometimes further and faster than we can control,” Bedford County Emergency Manager Dave Cubbison says.
The Saxton Fire Department laid down pads to help absorb the oil, and even a built a unique dam.
“These underflow dams are special dams that allow through a tube the water to come from the bottom of the ditch and flow over the dam through a tube,” Cubbison says.
Cubbison says while 300 gallons doesn't seem like a lot to some, it spreads faster than you think.
“A gallon of fuel oil can spread over 1,000 feet and be very noticeable. Plus you have the aroma that comes with fuel oil,” Cubbison says.
The DEP is working to remove the oil, including tearing up any land that was contaminated. Something Cubbison says could take some time.
“This process may take a couple of weeks or take a couple of months until all the product is removed,” Cubbison says.
The costs of the oil leak and the cleanup with fall on the owner of the home or their insurance company. Cubbison says as the temperatures dip back down it's important for people to check their tanks to make sure something like this doesn't happen to you.

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