DEP Reports 'Light' Oil Spill on Monongahela River
20 July 2014
By Clarece Polke
Investigators found a light, petroleum-like sheen on the
Monongahela River this morning. John Poister, spokesman for the
Department of Environmental Protection Southwest region, said the
agency received a call around 7 a.m. Sunday from Allegheny County
Department of Emergency Services about reports of boaters near the
river who saw the sheen in the vicinity of the W.D. Mansfield
Bridge in Dravosburg.
The river is a source of local drinking water, Mr. Poister said,
but did not hear of local officials "stopping intake" from the
river as drinking water is usually drawn from the bottom and the
sheen was on the surface of the river.
The sheen was distinguishable, he said, and had a rainbow-colored
tint that reflected from the surface of the water. He categorized
the spill as a "light," with only about 36 gallons of the
petroleum-like substance spilled into the river, although it
stretched for a mile beyond the bridge.
The slick began to break up by the middle of the day Sunday, he
said, partially due to the recent onslaught of heavy rain. The
agency is continuing to investigate the source of the spill.
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