UNION TWP., – Homeowners in Union Township reacted to the word of 50 gallons of orange heating oil, leaking over white snow on an expanse of low swampy ground near their property.
“We haven’t seen anything yet, but yeah, it’s just crazy to hear something like that,” said Peter of Union Township.
Officials from the State Department of Environmental Protection said they were initially told of a spill at a George Street property on Wednesday.
Neighbors expressed concern as the leak spread to a number of properties.
“Well, we have well water, so obviously we’re concerned about anything that goes into the water here,” said Peter.
A member of the Birdsboro-Union Fire Department said well water issues shouldn’t be a problem, as he also discussed the challenges of cleaning up.
“The problem was, there was a swell between the properties, you had all the slush, and it was just sinking with the slush,” said Steve Dragon of the Birdsboro Union Fire Department.
Fire crews used equipment to prevent oil from flowing into a nearby canal and potentially the Schuylkill River, pending cleanup crews.
“We put the pads on it and what that’s going to do that’s going to put it down,” said Dragon. “The heating oil will float above the water.”
It is believed that the leaked heating oil is cleaned up and no longer poses any threat.
“We think so, yes, we’ve done a really good job,” Dragon said. “We called the Mount Penn Fire Company to help us. They have a hazardous material trailer.”