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Lisbon oil spill flows down the St. Lawrence

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LISBON – Wednesday’s rain storm broke an oil containment boom along the St. Lawrence River, causing oil to float downstream along the shoreline of nearby homes.

Crews set up oil containment boom on Saturday surrounding the home belonging to Lawrence F. Montroy, McCabe Road, where 15 to 20 gallons of oil spilled from fuel tanks on Friday.

The spill was caused by a leak in the outdated tanks from inside Mr. Montroy’s home.

DEC Environmental Engineer Matthew W. Duffany said Wednesday’s rain storm caused the booms to disband and leak fuel downstream.

“At this point, crews are out attempting to intercept the oil as it works its way downstream,” Mr. Duffany said. “It’s the rain event that caused the break in the booms. Crews have been out this morning changing out pads and soaking up the oil.”

DEC officials are in contact with the United States Coast Guard, which is also monitoring the spill.

“The spill is entirely surficial and has not saturated into the ground,” said Mr. Duffany. “There are no active releases from the tanks. At this point, we’re just monitoring and mitigating the resulting effects from the initial spill.”

Mr. Duffany said the effects of the leakage are minimal, but urged caution to nearby residents.

“We want residents to be aware of the situation,” said Mr. Duffany. “If they taste or smell an odor in their water, we urge them to advise us immediately.”

Officals could not determine when the spill will be completely cleaned up, but Mr. Duffany said the spill will not affect the tourist season.

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