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They bought a house in North Adams. Then they found a $30,000 environmental problem buried in the backyard

Karen Curlee stands in her basement

Karen Curlee shows the area of her North Adams basement that was torn open to address an abandoned kerosene oil tank buried in her backyard.

NORTH ADAMS — Standing in her basement at her East Quincy Street home, Karen Curlee pulled back a plastic sheet on the wall to reveal a giant hole.

“This is just brutal,” she said. Dirt and roots from the ground outside the house can be seen through the hole.



Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6272.


Greta Jochem, a Report for America Corps member, joined the Eagle in 2021. Previously, she was a reporter at the Daily Hampshire Gazette. She is also a member of the investigations team.

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