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Oil leak closes roads around Pennsdale

By Staff | May 11, 2016

PAUL BARRETT/For the Luminary An oil leak was discovered early Wednesday morning in Pennsdale from a truck driving to the Kellogg Company. Multiple roads in the area were closed until the clean-up.

PENNSDALE – The state Department of Transportation closed multiple roads after responding to a call that there was a long trail of waste that dripped from a truck.

PennDOT responded to a call before 8 a.m. Wednesday morning that there was slippery waste on the road starting at the Interstate 180 westbound off-ramp at Pennsdale.

The trail was at least 2 miles long and continued south down Lycoming Mall Drive onto John Brady Road and Industrial Parkway, where it ended.

The truck was driving to Kellogg Co. in Muncy, said a DEP spokesman.

Before starting to clean the spill, PennDOT called the state Department of Environmental Protection around 8:15 a.m. to collect samples of the waste. Two members of its emergency response team arrived, said Daniel Spadoni, DEP community relations coordinator.

DEP’s primary concern was that the spill had environmental impacts, according to Spadoni. The crew determined that the spill was contained to the roads and there were no impacts to soil or water in the area.

The waste was some type of oil with soy or vegetable base, said David Thompson, community relations coordinator for PennDOT.

“It certainly wasn’t hazardous,” he said.

Crews put sand on the spill, scraped it off and washed the road several times, then reopened them around 11:15 a.m. It took a few hours because of the length of the spill on the roads leading to the Kellogg Co. plant.