The Paunacussing section of the designated Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic River

March 21, 2013

  • Upon a closer look at the photos one can see “Clean Oil” getting through to the second boom and beyond. These booms are just downstream of the Wismer Road tunnel in Carversville, Pa. from which the oil enters the creek.
  • Over 400 gallons of home heating oil are unaccounted for and with only a small portion of the contaminated soil having been excavated to date we expect more of this “lost oil” to be” found” in the Creek over the months to come.
  • There has been no remedial action at the site since the tank was removed one week ago on Thursday 14,2013.
  • So the question remains ,if the PADEP “does not have the authority” to demand the immediate and continual remediation then who does?

The US EPA does:

Region 3 / Mid-Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV): 1-800-438-2474 (from locations within the Region 3 states) or 1-215-814-5000 (from locations outside of the Region 3 states). 

March 20, 2013

DEP has made the “recommendation” to Pars that they proceed with remediation immediately.

March 19, 2013

The presence of oil in the Paunacussing became evident the afternoon of March 5 th and still continues seeping into the creek at this time. Yes the source (1000 gal) underground tank has been removed and yes some contaminated soil has been excavated.

March 14, 2013

Tank removed one week ago on Thursday 14, 2013.