EPA Burns Off Oil Spill

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The cleanup continues two weeks after an oil spill in northern Trumbull County.

A controlled burn was performed Tuesday along the banks of a creek off of Mahan Denman Road in Bristol Township.

The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted the burn. Firefighters were on hand to make sure all went according to plan and there were air monitoring stations set up by in the area.

About 1,000 of the 1,600 gallons of crude oil spilled from the tank have already been cleaned up.

“It’s been hard in these two segments that we burned, which we resorted to burning as our preferred option,” said EPA scene coordinator Betsy Nightengale. “They are really wetlands and there is a lot of vegetation that was trapping the oil and holding it there.”

Police are investigating whether a family feud may have led to the spill. Sheriff’s deputies believe someone deliberately opened a valve at the site.

The Tenney family owns the land and they have allegedly been involved in a property dispute. William Tenney told police a family member opened the valve. That person has denied the accusation.

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