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Delaware County DA’s office investigating Brookhaven fuel spill, which killed wildlife and contaminated waterways

Delaware County DA’s office investigating Brookhaven fuel spill, which killed wildlife and contaminated waterways | Newtown News of Interest | Scoop.it

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said Sunday that his office was investigating this weekend’s large fuel spill in Brookhaven to determine if anyone involved committed a crime as thousands of gallons of gasoline poured into nearby waterways.

 

The spill killed dozens of frogs, turtles, and fish, and contaminated Chester Creek and an elementary school’s retention pond. The leak resulted in a “large wildlife kill,” and forced the temporary closure of a sewage plant… gasoline also caused significant damage to nearby soil, and pooled at Coebourn Elementary School, which will be closed for at least two days while the damage is assessed.

 

Timothy Boyce, director of emergency services for Delaware County, said separately Sunday that it appeared as if the spillover was the result of a botched fuel delivery* to the Gas ‘N’ Go at the corner of Coebourn Boulevard and Edgmont Avenue.

 

As many as 4,700 gallons of gasoline intended to fill up tanks at the station instead flowed into nearby waterways, Boyce said. He called the spill a “very obvious and uncontrolled release of the product,” but said neither the gas station nor the supplier reported the leak, and that it didn’t come to the attention of officials until residents half a mile away began reporting the smell of gasoline Saturday morning.

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*Could this happen if/when the proposed Wawa is built on the Bypass? Here are some comments from a knowledgable resident regarding the environmental danger to the wet lands in that area:

 

Gary Fabiano (on FB):

Very interesting the pumps are next to the wet lands there that show in the Silverlake lake executive campus blue prints !!! La Salle University project !!! Why I herd (sic) nothing about the wet lands in that general area that shows on previous blue prints 30 years ago . Has the pa department of environmental seen this and what did they say is it leagel (sic) to have this that close to wet lands protected land?
 
[This is] a commercial zoning and supposed to keep as open space no public water or drains which drain into core creek that keeps the core creek park lakes full of water...How can you approve... [a] gas station ... when everything is well water across the street from the proposed Wawa in a commercial zoning !!
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