300 to 400 gallons of heating oil pollute Sucker Branch Stream

November 06, 1996|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

About 300 to 400 gallons of oil spilled into Sucker Branch Stream off Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City yesterday after a heating boiler broke at the Rockland Art Center.

Environmental cleanup crews say it will take two to three days to clean up the spill.

There is no danger to residents' drinking water or to the surrounding wildlife, said David Williams, an emergency responder with the Maryland Department of the Environment.

About 8: 30 p.m., residents reported seeing "an oily reddish film" floating on the water's surface, said Lt. Chris Cangemi, a fire spokesman.

The spill came when a gauge broke on the school's heating boiler, causing the heating oil to go through a faulty drain and into the stream, fire officials said.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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