Oil Spill on the Schuylkill

- There’s a small oil spill Monday afternoon on the Schuylkill River, near 24th and Market Streets.

According to the Coast Guard, the situation arose from a sensor malfunction on the emergency generator at 2400 Market Street, which caused an overflow. Miller Environmental is actively cleaning the site, and the leakage has been contained and fully secured. About 3-5 days of cleanup is expected.

According to the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, the oil is home heating oil. 

A total of 4200 gallons were spilled, although the majority of that remained on land, the Coast Guard said. As the river is iced over, it is acting as a natural barrier. There are no health concerns related to the spill, OEM said. 

The EPA, the Penn Environmental Department, the Penn Boat Commission, Philly Fire and Water, Parks and Recreation are all engaged in the situation.

The Schuylkill River Trail is closed from Market to Locust Point, possibly until Tuesday. 


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