Eversource accepts responsibility for Berlin oil leak

Published on Monday, 2 October 2017 22:18
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - Eversource has taken responsibility for an oil leak in Berlin, according to a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman.

An abandoned natural gas line near 432 Toll Gate Road had been punctured, said Dennis Schain, communications director for DEEP. The leak, which was seeping oil into Belcher Brook, was sealed Sunday night, he said.

Belcher Brook is 1.5 miles from Silver Lake.

“It’s not a large amount of oil, but is close to homes,” Schain wrote in an email. He was unable to confirm how much oil had leaked and how old the pipe is.

Schain said the oil was a combination of oil in the system for mechanical purposes and oil that can develop from condensation of natural gas.

DEEP began investigating on Friday after police received calls about an odor in the area.

A contractor, Environmental Services, has placed booms and absorbent pads in the brook to contain and capture the oil. An excavator was used to help identify the leak, Schain said.

Because Eversource has claimed responsibility for the leak, the utility will be paying for any costs associated with it.

Eversource has responded to the area at DEEP’s request and is working with DEEP to ensure the affected area is cleaned up, Eversource spokeswoman Tricia Taskey Modifica said. The company has natural gas lines in the area.

The Environmental Protection Agency is on site, too, in case DEEP needs assistance, Schain said.

The town announced Monday the area between Orchard Road and Small Drive has been closed to through traffic. The closure is anticipated to last through mid-October.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or cpaullin@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General News on Monday, 2 October 2017 22:18. Updated: Monday, 2 October 2017 22:21.