Fuel oil spills after seam in tank bursts at warehouse

March 03, 1995|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Less than 200 gallons of fuel oil, used to heat a warehouse at Green Way Lawns in the first block of E. George St., spilled after a seam in a 275-gallon tank ruptured Wednesday.

Steve Iles, company owner, said he discovered the leak about 6 p.m. as the oil ran across the parking lot, a distance of about 20 feet from the tank. Mr. Iles said he spread an absorbent in the path of the oil and called 911.

Engines from Westminster and Reese responded and blocked the oil from flowing into the sewer system and a nearby stream. Contaminated stone and dirt, saturated by the leaking fuel, was removed yesterday morning and new stone was brought in.

Mr. Iles said a kerosene heater was used to heat the warehouse until a new oil tank could be installed and filled. The old tank had been filled Tuesday by Southern States' Carroll Petroleum Service. The company pumped about 75 gallons out of the tank after the leak was discovered.

A spill response team from the Maryland Department of the Environment responded to ensure that none of the oil reached the sewer system or the stream.

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