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Maywood officials work to contain oil leak

Postby MaywoodBiz » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:54 am

taken from NothJersey.com and as published in The Bergen Record:

Maywood officials work to contain oil leak
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
BY MONSY ALVARADO
The Record
STAFF WRITER

MAYWOOD — Borough officials on Tuesday were working to contain an oil leak from an underground storage tank, which they say has reached a local brook.

Borough Administrator Thomas Richards said he doesn’t know how much oil escaped and how far it has traveled, but said the source is a l,000-gallon heating oil tank located in a private parking lot behind businesses on West Pleasant Avenue. He said the oil tank cap had fallen off, allowing rain water to enter the underground container and the oil to ooze out into a nearby storm water drain. He said rainfall that had seeped into the ground surrounding the container also contributed to the oil leak.

“The overflow was going into the storm line,’’ he said.

Town officials were notified of the leak this weekend, and the owner was ordered to remove all of the oil in the tank.

“Landlord was told to pump it out on Saturday,’’ Richards said as he stood near the storm drain which is surrounded by absorbent pads. “Apparently it refilled again on Monday.”

Monday night, Rochelle Park police received a call from a resident who was standing along the banks of the Saddle River who reported a smell of fuel, said Township Committeeman Frank Valenzuela. He said police and members from the Bergen County Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team then began to investigate, which led them to Maywood.

“Due to all the rain, it had [dissolved] quite a bit, but they were able to track it back,’’ Valenzuela said. .

Bergen County’s HAZMAT, Maywood, Rochelle Park and Lodi officials were called, and all descended on the parking lot Monday night, Richards and Valenzuela said.

Valenzuela said township officials reported that a sheen of oil had been spotted along a creek that goes through Maywood and Rochelle Park, and eventually spills into the Saddle River.

“It may have made the river, it wasn’t seen,’’ he said.

On Tuesday, absorbent pads could be spotted in the creek near the Maywood Center for Health and Rehabilitation on West Magnolia Avenue.

An employee at the county’s HAZMAT office referred calls to a county spokesperson, who did not immediately return a call.

The owner of the parking lot where the underground tank is located, Joseph Gassib, did not immediately return a call on Tuesday. Richards and Mayor Timothy Eustace said Gassib has already obtained a permit to remove the underground tank, which hasn’t been used for more than 15 years. Richards said that is when the owners likely converted their heat source from oil to gas.

Valenzuela said the State Department of Environmental Protection was notified.

E-mail: alvarado@northjersey.com
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Re: Maywood officials work to contain oil leak

Postby BobMoonDoggie » Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:31 pm

It looks like they just pulled a second tank out of the ground. :(
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Re: Maywood officials work to contain oil leak

Postby BobMoonDoggie » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:34 am

A third tank has been dug out. :!:
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