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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                                                            October 21, 2016                                                                                                                     Contact: Carol ParenzanMiddle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Carol Parenzan on the 55,000 gallon oil spill in Lycoming County, PA In the wake of severe flooding in Central Pennsylvania, an 80-year-old pipeline burst early Friday morning, leaking upwards of 55,000 gallons of gasoline into Loyalsock Creek, in Gamble Township, northeast of Williamsport. By mid-day Friday, the spill was working its way into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Carol Parenzan, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, said that witnesses who contacted her office said the “smell of petroleum is so thick you can taste it.” Parenzan said that downstream drinking water is being monitored and precautions for public safety are being put in place. In Milton, just north of Lewisburg, the water plant operated by Pennsylvania American Water, is filling water storage tanks and preparing to shut down drinking water should the spill reach intakes for the water plant.    Meanwhile, local and state agencies and emergency crews are having difficulty reaching the break due to high-water conditions, which happened on Wallis Run Road in Lycoming County. “High water and flooding has taken a bridge out in the area,” Parenzan said. “A liquid fuel pipeline in the vicinity was originally exposed during 2011 flooding. When we don’t adequately address aging infrastructure, it is only a matter of time before calamity happens. The time for the Susquehanna River apparently arrived today in the form of this broken pipeline and spill.” Parenzan said that the area is closed to…
An oil sheen that coated 8 miles of the Potomac River at its peak and killed 21 birds has been linked to a coolant leak at a Dominion Virginia Power facility, officials said on Friday. The sheen appeared as the snow that had blanketed the Washington, DC, region in late January began to melt. Officials initially suggested it could be oily runoff from streets and parking lots. But Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks said he received a tip linking the oil sheen to a spill at the Dominion facility. READ MORE: Bay Journal, February 12, 2016
School spokesman says 313 gallons of oil escaped. The South River Federation, an Edgewater-based nonprofit, regularly monitors the stream, a tributary that is three-quarters of a mile long and flows to Crab Creek and the South River. South Riverkeeper Jesse Iliff said the organization has collected water and soil samples that are being tested this week to gauge the geographical reach of the spill. The Coast Guard responded the day of the spill and the school system hired a private contractor, who installed booms to absorb the oil, Mosier said. But Iliff said he believes the ground absorbed some of the oil, and water from melting snow pushed groundwater into the creek, releasing oil past the point of booms. The smell, he said, is still present, but has dissipated. READ MORE Capital Gazette, February 10, 2016