Oil Delivered to Wrong Tank Leads to Spill

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 @ 09:11 AM gHale

Oil transferred to the wrong tank caused a heating oil spill in West Ghent, NY, Friday.

The spill occurred at about 5:30 a.m. Friday at First Fuels when 7,000 gallons of heating oil spilled when it was delivered to the wrong tank at the facility, with some of the oil making its way outside the secondary containment area into an adjacent pond, said NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Director of Media Relations Thomas Mailey.

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A boom to contain the oil deployed in the pond to ensure the petroleum stayed in the area, Mailey said.

The oil delivery driver hooked up to the wrong tank, said First Fuel owner Richard Coon.

“A supply company for heating oil came with a transport load, and they hooked it to the wrong fill, into our diesel tank instead of a heating oil tank,” Coon said. “Our diesel tank was full so he proceeded to overfill that with around 6,000 gallons in the containment area. A manager came in at 6 a.m. and saw that and stopped the driver and then all hell broke loose.”

Additional oil sprayed over the containment area and into the adjacent fire suppression pond, which DEC cleaned, along with the containment area.

The cleanup efforts continued until about 4 p.m. Friday, Coon said. The transport company responsible for the spill is paying for the cleanup, he said.

“The oil has been sucked out of the containment area and they evacuated the diesel tank because it was contaminated so they emptied that out,” Coon said.

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