WOOLWICH TWP. – On Aug. 17, an operator error while filling above ground tanks used for fueling trucks at the Erdner 3PL on Davidson Road led to an overfill of 900 gallons of diesel fuel.
According to a press release issue to residents from both Woolwich Township and the Borough of Swedesboro, upwards of 900 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled, with some of that product making its way into local streams, creeks, and ponds.” One report stated that the fuel made it to Church Run and was observed on Ogden Road.
According to Woolwich Twp. Emergency Coordinator Detective Sgt. Chris Beckett, the fuel is being contained and cleaned by Miller Environmental Group Inc.
Beckett said that the spill was noticed by the driver from Ross Enterprises, who was fueling the tank, after approximately seven minutes. Authorities were immediately notified and clean up procedures began. County and state environmental agencies were called in on the situation.
An investigation is underway, and Beckett said all parties have been extremely cooperative and efforts to mitigate the spill have been underway and will continue to be monitored closely.
“Our priority is the safety of the residents, environment, wildlife, fish, water fowl, turtles, and vegetation,” stated both the Mayors of Woolwich and Swedesboro.
By Karen E. Viereck, Editor/Publisher