EPA working to contain, investigate oil spill in Warren

The oil slick is on the river behind the National Packard Museum on Mahoning Ave. NW

Boom on Mahoning River. March 7, 2016
A boom across the Mahoning River in Warren holds back an oil slick discovered on Monday, March 7, 2016.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Warren Fire Department and HazMat crews continue working Tuesday to contain and investigate an oil spill in the Mahoning River in Warren.

Workers have placed a boom across the width of the river, behind the National Packard Museum in Packard Park, to contain the oil slick. There’s a sheen on the river that’s nearly a quarter-mile long.

The effort to clean up the mess started at 6:30 p.m. Monday when the Ohio EPA was contacted about an oil spill on the water. The Warren Fire Department says they were able to trace the oil back to a storm sewer drain on Griswold Street NE, which is in an industrial area of the city.

The state EPA is back on the scene on Tuesday, using tubes to filter the oil out. They received a report about 5:15 Wednesday evening from someone who noticed the oil in the creek.

Officials said it appears to be coming from an industrial complex, because there is no oil upstream of this location. Crews have been taking truckloads of this oil out of the creek up to the plant to filter it out and handle it from there.

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