Officials seek source of oil that marred Pa. creek

EXETER, Pa. (AP) — State officials want the public’s help in identifying who contaminated a creek in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Colleen Connolly says the polluter of Hicks Creek remains a mystery despite a yearlong investigation.

A substance described as lubricating oil entered the creek in Exeter in March 2012. Connolly said Friday that officials couldn’t trace the oil back to its source.

She says three companies have been identified as possible culprits, but she wouldn’t name them. The responsible party could be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars.

According to Connolly, the creek did not require cleanup work because it replenished itself in two weeks.

However, she says the department spent money to investigate and to keep the oil slick from entering the Susquehanna River.

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