WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Environmental Protection Agency went to investigate spill of used motor oil into the Mahoning River Thursday morning.
The Warren Fire Department was out at the scene of the spill, in the 500 block of Tod Ave. on Thursday afternoon. Investigators are still working to determine just how much oil leaked from WTR Services Incorporated on West Market Street into the Mahoning River, traveling there through a storm drain.
The Ohio EPA said the spill came from an 800-gallon tank whose valve was not shut off when the 200-gallon tank it was filling became full.
The Warren Fire Department got the call at 9:45 a.m. Thursday from a Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority worker, who was at an apartment on Buckeye Street. The man reported seeing a sheen in the river.
Captain Mark Thigpen said they have most of the spill contained.
“The cleanup process will be quite extensive, but the EPA is working with Warren truck to clean it up, which will probably involve skimmers and some vac trucks and the vac trucks probably have a job cut out for them,” Thigpen said.
Warren Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa said that the spill will not affect drinking water. The EPA is investigating and figuring out how much clean up will cost.