Equipment failure leads to thousands of gallons of oil leaked in Waterbury

Thousands of gallons of oil leaked from a Waterbury factory and some of the oil spilled into the Naugatuck River. The sheen on the river is from the leaked oil. (Photo: Naugatuck River Revival Group)

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) —  The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responded after thousands of gallons of hydraulic oil leaked from a Waterbury factory on Saturday night.

According to officials, DEEP Hazmat, the EPA and the Waterbury Fire Department responded to the Somers Thin Strip Company location on Piedmont Street after an equipment failure.

download5 Equipment failure leads to thousands of gallons of oil leaked in Waterbury
Oil spilled into the Naugatuck River following a leak in Waterbury. (Photo: LaSalle Blanks/WTNH)

DEEP says the failure resulted in the release of up to 6,000 gallons of hydraulic oil, while city officials say approximately 5,000 gallons were released.

Officials say the oil leaked onto the factory’s property, pavement, soil and storm-water catch basins.

Authorities reported that the basin did not initially release the oil, however it was later discovered that the oil was leaked into the Naugatuck River.

DEEP says the Waterbury Fire Department placed booms at the location of the discharge pipe at the intersection of South Main Street and Piedmont Street.

No further details are available at this time. 

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