Cleanup complete for large fuel oil spill in Robersonville

ROBERSONVILLE, NC (WITN) - Cleanup of a fuel leak into an area waterway is now complete.

It was back on March 18th that Robersonville town officials discovered an oil spill had occurred at Robersonville Meat Packing Company in a closed area.

The oil spill, which involved 1,500 gallons of number six fuel oil contaminated the facility grounds and surrounding waterways.

The clean-up is now finished.

No contamination of public drinking water has been identified nor is it expected to be an issue in the future.

Normal monitoring will continue by the Robersonville Public Works staff.

The exact cause of the spill is under investigation.


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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is doubling efforts to contain an oil spill in Robersonville.

An estimated 1,500 gallons of #6 fuel oil spilled from an above-ground tank at the Robersonville Meat Packing Company on Green Street.

The EPA says they will be on site for a couple of weeks.

Martin County says so far 1,500 gallons has contaminated the facility, grounds and surrounding waterways. The spill has made its way to the town's wastewater treatment plant which is about 1.6 miles downstream and containment efforts on the waterway are ongoing.

An EPA report says a valve on the 5,000 gallon tank was damaged by vandals.

The town says the valve had been tampered with but they don't know if that did in fact cause the leak. Officials said they have discussed bringing in the SBI.

North Carolina Environmental Quality says Daniels Creek and Flat Swamp are impacted while the EPA says they are doubling their containment boom efforts on the waterway.


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An Environmental Protection Agency report says vandals caused an oil spill at a closed industrial site in Martin County.

Officials say the spill was discovered Sunday afternoon and originated from the Robersonville Meat Packing Company on Green Street in Robersonville.

The spill involves #6 fuel oil that's used in furnaces and came from a storage tank behind the main building. That part of the facility is no longer used.

Martin County says so far 1,500 gallons has contaminated the facility, grounds and surrounding waterways. The spill has made its way to the town's wastewater treatment plant which is about 1.6 miles downstream and containment efforts on the waterway are ongoing.

An EPA report says a valve on the 5,000 gallon tank was damaged. North Carolina Environmental Quality says Daniels Creek and Flat Swamp are impacted.

In an update Monday evening, the county says the property was not secure and that some vandalism had occurred there. They are still investigating exactly what caused the spill.

Both state and federal agencies are investigating the spill.

Robersonville town manager Libby Jenkins says they are concerned that the oil could foul up screens at the sewage treatment plant. She emphasized that the town's drinking water supply has not been contaminated.

Jenkins says the old plant used to be owned by Perdue, but stopped operations in August 2003.

The property owner has told state officials he has no insurance on the property. The EPA has brought in a contractor from Garner to help clean up the spill.