Broken fuel line pollutes brook

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - After a weekend of illegally transporting fuel through the Town of Amherst, the Dickey Brook is quickly returning to it's former friendly self.
"The actual source of the leak has been stopped. It was a broken fuel line at a nearby apartment building." Brad Skinner, district manager for the Department of Environment and Labour, said. "It's been repaired and what we see coming through now is residual."
Skinner said his department first investigated the leak on Willow Street on Thursday night after receiving a call from a concerned citizen.
"After receiving the call I contacted the town," Skinner said. "The fuel was difficult to see at the time with just a flashlight but there was a definite odour."
On Friday morning the town began lifting manhole covers trying to pinpoint the source.
"Because the odour seemed to be throughout the sewer, they couldn't track it down the way they thought they'd be able to," Skinner added.
They department continued to monitor the brook and noticed a continual improvement over the next few days. "On the weekend we kept watching it and there was still a bit of a sheen on the water, albeit the odour wasn't nearly as strong."
Yesterday the source of the leak was found and repaired.
"Right now we are putting our efforts into following up with the property owner," Skinner said.

Organizations: Department of Environment and Labour

Geographic location: AMHERST, Willow Street

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