Punctured gas line cause of oil leak into brook in Berlin

Punctured gas line cause of oil leak into brook in Berlin

Record-Journal


BERLIN — An abandoned gas line was identified Monday as the source of an oil leak into a brook that feeds Silver Lake.

Dennis Schain, spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said Monday the oil leak in Belcher Brook was reported Friday near homes in the area of 432 Toll Gate Road. The agency hired a contractor that installed oil booms and absorbent pads to capture oil. It wasn’t immediately clear how much oil leaked.

Crews discovered an abandoned natural gas line with a puncture in it, Schain said. The hole was sealed Sunday night. There was oil in the line for mechanical purposes, authorities said. Oil can develop from condensation of natural gas.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Eversource Energy responded to the scene to assist.

“I can confirm that the oil leak has been contained,” said Mitch Gross, Eversource spokesman. “We continue to work closely with DEEP and the EPA to ensure the affected area is cleaned up.”

Schain said the oil accumulated in a low point near the stream.


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