Local Oil-Spill Clean Up Efforts Lead by Verdantas Team
February 18, 2022
A rollover crash resulted in 2,000 gallons of spilled oil that ran downhill along Route 42 in Cheshire, Connecticut. The crash happened around 11:30am on Friday, February 11, 2022. Thankfully, the driver was not seriously injured, but the hazardous conditions created by the accident—including proximity to conservation land and nearby residential homes—meant the spill needed to be addressed quickly.
Local Verdantas staff were contacted and on the scene within five hours of notice. They worked throughout the evening and over the weekend to get containment and clean-up measures in place. Work was carried out alongside a remedial contractor and the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP), including the Commissioner of CTDEEP and the Governor of Connecticut who were both involved given the nature of the incident and the nearby sensitive receptors.
The work completed by this dedicated crew involved the installation of a 400-foot trench along the roadway to contain migration of the contaminant, plus the completion of sampling along the trench. They implemented mitigation measures and directed soil excavation to remove affected soil associated with potential impact to an adjacent storm drain, as well as observed the excavation of contaminated soil throughout the spill impact area. They installed groundwater monitoring wells, conducted private residential well sampling, and completed a receptor survey to evaluate the potential impact to nearby sensitive receptors. They also drafted a significant environmental hazard report for submission to the state —all within less than 7 days of the initial spill.
Verdantas staff on site (left to right): Jeff King, Ashley Benitez, Lloyd Jones, Trevor Ziomek, and Alex Fazzino. Andrew Kiley and Tony Janes, not pictured, were also instrumental in the clean-up efforts.
Verdantas is driven to help build a better, greener world for ourselves and future generations. Working on projects that make a difference in our community—like this one—is what we live for.