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Why Were There So Many Barrels at the East Boston Diesel Cleanup?

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When one reader took a look at from the East Boston Camp diesel spill last month and wondered why so many 55 gallon barrels were needed for only a few gallons of spilled diesel fuel.

The answer is twofold according to town officials.

First, in order to facilitate the cleanup, speedy dry and topsoil was added to the fuel, which also included some water since it had rained the previous night.

Second, under state regulations, barrels at environmental cleanup sites cannot be filled all the way for fear that their contents might be spilled during transport. However, if they could, they probably wouldn’t be, with town officials noting that they’ve found that it’s more efficient to transport lighter barrels than a smaller number of heavier barrels.

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R Gagnon January 05, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Was the company that did the cleanup able to estimate how much diesel fuel was actually spilled? After seeing the mess the morning after the spill and before cleanup efforts began, I an not completely convinced that it was "only a few gallons of spilled diesel fuel".
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) January 05, 2012 at 05:29 PM
It's worth following up on, I didn't talk to the company, only the town.
June McMorrow January 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I walk there almost everyday. I was there yesterday. I can still smell the fuel when I walk the North Road, the area which was involved.
Sam January 05, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I would love to see who is footing this bill. Who is paying for our "caretaker's" issues?
R Gagnon January 05, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I heard that the bill will be submitted to the caretaker so he can forward it to his insurance company. This does need to be watched closely though. We've been lied to before about things concerning EBC. Especially the part where we were told that all money spent on EBC will come from rentals. That went out the window when the town put the first $50K on the TM warrant and the EBC bobbleheads approved it, over and over again. The final nail in that lie was driven when mitigation funds from the Long Sought For Pond development were gifted to (so called) Friends of East Boston Camps for a new bath house that Westford residents will not be allowed to use.
June McMorrow January 06, 2012 at 12:16 AM
The FoEBC did receive a gift from a mitigation fund to put toward a Bath House on the site of the present Bath House. Sadly, for the residents of Westford, this Bath House is in the Forbidden Zone, a part of the property which has been deeded to GUARDUp INC summer camps for the next four years by the members of our CC. Per the terms of the lease signed by Eric Fahle, the lease might extend from five weeks to nine weeks during the summer. During this period, the citizens of Westford are not allowed inside the Forbidden Zone. That's too bad, because your kids and mine would probably love to go for a swim in Burges Pond during the the hot summer months. Our kids can still take a swim, they just will not be allowed to use the Bath House for a shower or a quick change. They will however be allowed to use the new Bath House only while the camp is not in session, like May or September maybe..... People are fighting about the Teacher's contracts, etc, how do we continue to allow the EBC Bobbleheads/Syncophants to continue pouring our hard earned tax $$$$ onto the rotting infrastructure that we inherited in 2005 from the Hyam's Foundation? We may as well, just put the $$$$ on a table and light it on fire. Take a look at the spread sheets. The $$$$ that we spend on the property far exceeds the $$$$ that the Town takes in. Ask Bill Turner to show you the figures.

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