Update: Tanker Spill Clean Up To Take Two Weeks
The clean up of a massive fuel tanker spill in the Town of Canton is expected to take another two weeks.
The soil has been taken to a state site on Route 68, and may eventually be placed in a landfill that handles contaminated material.
Thousands of gallons of fuel oil leaked from a Kuno Oil Company tanker that overturned while the driver was attempting to make a turn from Route 68 onto county route 14 Monday afternoon.
Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Steve Litwhiler told 7 News that an additional 2,000 tons of contaminated soil in a roadway ditch will also have to be removed before restoration of the spill site is finished.
Litwhiler said the fuel company will be required to foot the bill for the cost of the clean-up effort. It's not known whether the company will face any additional penalties.
The initial cleanup wrapped up around 8 p.m. Monday and the truck was removed.
Roughly 2,200 gallons of fuel either leaked or remained in the tank that ruptured, Litwhiler said.
The fuel oil was mainly contained in a ditch, officials say, making cleanup easier.
About 7,300 gallons of fuel was not affected by the crash and was recovered.
The operator of the rig managed to crawl out through the cab and escaped with only a bump to his head.
Thursday, May 23, 2013, Watertown, NY
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