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Starbrick VFD responds to weekend oil spill

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry A sheen of oil can be seen Saturday on water in a ditch along the railroad tracks at Preston Run in Starbrick. Some oil from the spill reached the Allegheny River.

Some oil reached the Allegheny River in Starbrick Saturday morning as a result of a spill.

Starbrick Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report around 11:30 a.m., according to Chief Kirk Faust.

Responders discovered a sheen of oil in a ditch along the railroad tracks behind Whitmire Block.

The water flowed along the tracks, under Preston Road, to a small stream that drops into the river.

A small area of sheen could be seen in the river near the confluence.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Booms and pads soak up oil at what appears to be the origin of a Saturday spill along the railroad tracks at Preston Run in Starbrick. Some oil from the spill reached the Allegheny River.

Faust said his department, working with the Warren County All-Hazards Team, and the Department of Environmental Protection, put down booms and pads to soak up oil and prevent it from spreading further.

There was a small pool of oily water a short distance west of Preston Road that seemed to be the source of the spill, but the source and cause were under investigation.

An estimate of the amount of oil that was released or reached the river was not available Saturday afternoon.

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Responders place a boom to contain a Saturday oil spill in Starbrick. Some oil from the spill reached the Allegheny River.

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