SEYMOUR, Conn. (WTNH)– Crews were back out Tuesday morning searching the Naugatuck River because they believed oil had been seeping into the river. DEEP officials were back out looking for the source of the oil.
However, by mid morning Tuesday, crews had cleared the scene. DEEP officials say that there was no sheen on water Tuesday and no obvious source of what might have caused Monday’s sheen. It appears for now to have been small, one-time release as opposed to significant ongoing issue.
On Monday night, crews from the fire department joined DEEP looking to see where the oil was coming from. They say around seven folks in the area smelled the chemical on the stretch of the Naugatuck River from Beacon Falls down to Seymour.
When they came out there, they weren’t sure exactly what the chemical is, but believe it was oil-based. Possibly, it could be home heating oil.
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Crews tried to find the source, but once it got dark, that became hard to do. The Seymour fire chief says the wet weather helps whatever it is move along.
“The river is very strong right now due to the amount of rain we’ve already gotten. So it is pushing rapidly. An oil spill like this could originate anywhere,” said Michael Lombardi, Seymour Fire Chief.
Fire officials say there’s no concern for the public since this is not a source for drinking water and appears to not be an ongoing issue.