According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, oil has continuously seeped into Martins Creek in Bangor for more than three months.
The agency recovered more than 2,000 gallons of oil from the water, but it is not known exactly how much actually entered the creek.
Oil has entered a storm sewer through a cracked pipe on Eighth Street in Bangor since April 8, according to the EPA press release. It exits the storm sewer at Pennsylvania Avenue and First Street, where it empties into Martins Creek.
The EPA confined the oil with booms at various locations in the creek and with an overflow dam that where the storm sewer drains into the creek. The source of the spill remains unknown. The agency will continue to skim the oil collected behind dams and dams several times a week.
EPA, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Northampton County Emergency Management and the Borough of Bangor will install an oil / water separator in late summer to collect the oil in storm sewers as a semi-permanent remedy.
“The EPA and its partners continue to investigate the source of the spill in Martins Creek and plan to use geomagnetic technology to support the ongoing investigation to identify the source of the spill,” the press release said.
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