Oil Spills into NC; Cleanup Continues

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 @ 02:04 PM gHale

Oil boom cleans up spill near Pearson Park in Kinston, NC.

There was an oil spill near Pearson Park in Kinston, NC, and Lenoir County Emergency Services workers are in the process of cleaning it up.

“There is no danger to the public, none at all,” said Roger Dail, Lenoir County Emergency Services manager. “No fire danger, health hazard of any kind.”

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Dail said Lenoir County Emergency Services caught it quickly, and they have deployed a boom, a robe with absorbent pads to soak up the surface oil, plus mitigation trucks.

“It sits there and skims the oil off the top of water and just gets the oil and leaves as much water as you can,” said Dail.

They believe the oil they found is connected to a spill on March 7 and they are searching for the cause. 

The city has been pulling manhole covers to find the direction of the oil flow.

“We think we’ve got it isolated to a particular area of the city,” said Dail. “Now whether its purposely done, not purposely done, we’re not ready to say that yet.”

In the meantime, they will continue to monitor the situation in hopes of no further leakage.

“People really need to be vigilant about what they put in drains and in storm drains as well as sewers and septic tanks and everything else because some of this stuff is hazardous to the environment,” Dail said.



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