Massive Underground Oil Leak at Wakefield Concrete Co.
More than 1,000 gallons of oil has leaked out of an underground storage tank on New Salem Street.
A Wakefield concrete company is in the process of cleaning more than 1,000 gallons of oil out of ground soil and testing the area's water supply and rivers after one of the company's underground tanks gave out last week.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Enviornmental Protection (Mass DEP), J.G. Maclellan Concrete Company, located at 1 New Salem Street in Wakefield, filled a 1,000 gallon underground oil storage tank on Tuesday, January 3rd. By the next day, the entire tank was empty, indicating the oil had leaked out into the ground.
The company hired Commonwealth Tank to do an investigation and an excavation of loose underground oil, reportedly finding up to 200 cubic yards of contaminated soil, said Joseph Ferson, spokeman for the Mass DEP.
"We've also required that they check the Mill River and underground utility and sewer lines," Ferson said. "Luckily there's no water supply wells in the area, but it's too early to make a final determination."
Ferson added it's also too early in the cleanup process to begin discussing fines against the company for the spill.
"Right now they're working on cleanup and recovery of product and addressing the immediate impacts," he said.