Maine DEP evaluates site of Gorham oil spill

GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine's Department of Environmental Protection is still working to clean up an oil spill that happened 3 weeks ago in Gorham. An oil tanker truck carrying kerosene flipped on June 11 at the South Street rotary, where Routes 112 and 114 meet, spilling somewhere around 8,900 gallons of oil.

Traffic was detoured in that area Tuesday as crews took another look at how much more work needs to be done. The DEP was checking the clay beneath the rotary, and found that that clay was containing the remaining oil pretty well.

Oil and Hazmat Responder Ann Hemenway says the DEP and Clean Harbors have been checking the nearby waterways ever since the spill, and at this point, the only real problems happen when it rains. "When it's not raining, things are pretty stable here," Hemenway said. "But we've had two major rain incidents since the accident here, and both of those have produced a bunch of oil that we've been able to recover."

Hemenway says that while there certainly was a lot of oil spilled here, the cleanup is going well. 6,500 gallons of oil was recovered in vacuum trucks the day of the accident, and there's been a lot more taken from the environment since then. The accident itself is still under investigation.


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