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    Diesel Spill Contained

    Quick action prevents potential disaster at Ohio Pilot Station

    SHEFFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio -- A fuel delivery mistake yesterday caused 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel to spill into a Creek adjoining a Pilot Travel Center in Avon, Ohio, but quick placement of containment booms has prevented the fuel from running downstream.

    A Soci Petroleum employee delivering fuel to the truck stop mistakenly emptied about 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel into an oil-water separator instead of an underground fuel tank, Jeff Cornish, Pilot's chief financial officer told Ohio's Morning Journal.

    Designed to catch runoff from fueling islands, the oil-water separator quickly overflowed, causing more than 7,500 gallons of diesel to spill into the store's retention pond.

    About 4,500 gallons of the fuel were contained in the retention pond behind the station but the remaining 3,000 gallons leaked into French Creek, Sheffield Village Fire Chief Jeff Young told the Morning Journal

    "We took immediate action," said Pilot general manager Jason Kurlychek.

    After contacting the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, containment booms were placed vertically at several intervals along the creek to prevent the fuel from going further downstream.

    Chemtron, a hazardous waste storage and treatment facility, was contracted to help with the cleanup. The booms collect the fuel in one area and then, according to a Chemtron employee, high turbo vacuums are used to suck up the fuel. Any remaining fuel not picked up by the vacuums is absorbed by chemical pads.

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