Valve Left Open Allows Fuel Oil Spill

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 @ 06:02 PM gHale


After a coupling on a pipe failed and a valve on a containment basin ended up open, 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled from a tank in Buncombe County, NC, polluting a nearby creek and river.

Workers first noticed the spill at Harrison Construction Co. in Candler, NC, around 1:30 p.m. Friday, state officials said.

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The Division of Water Resources said by that time the spill had already made it to Hominy Creek. Workers placed booms in the creek, but some of the oil made it into the French Broad River.

Officials are not sure how much of the 5,000 gallons of fuel oil ended up in the water.

Investigators said the tank leaked after a coupling on a pipe failed and a valve on a containment basin was open.

Officials said they have not noticed any fish kills, but they will continue to monitor the river.



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