Minor oil spill taints Housatonic River in Pittsfield


PITTSFIELD -- A small amount of oil spilled into the Housatonic River from an unknown location Tuesday afternoon.

Efforts were made overnight by state Department of Environmental Protection to soak up the oil by placing absorbent booms and pads throughout the river.

Pittsfield Fire Department and DEP members arrived shortly after the oil was spotted just after 3 p.m. The oil traveled down river before collecting at a patch of debris near an old dam off of Industrial Drive, according to Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Kilmer.

"We were unable to locate the source," he said. "We're assuming something spilled into a storm drain."

He said that both directions of the river were searched in that area, but there was no cause of the spill found.

There was no word on how much oil was spilled, but Kilmer said it was "minor."

HAZMAT teams arrived at around 4 p.m. to have the proper crews and equipment available for further investigation, Kilmer said.

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