VANDALS CAUSE OIL SPILL AT RG&E’S RUSSELL STATION PROPERTY;
COMPANY IS RESPONDING TO CONTAIN THE SPILL AND CLEAN UP THE MESS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rochester, NY, August 18, 2010 – Vandals who drained up to 4,800 gallons of oil from a spare transformer at an RG&E electric substation near Russell Station in the Town of Greece so they could steal copper from inside the unit have left behind an
“We are doing all we can to speed the containment and cleanup process,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E.
“We will be on the job until the cleanup is done.”
RG&E was notified of an oil sheen on Slater Creek adjacent to the Russell Station property Monday morning. The sheen was also visible on Lake Ontario, primarily to the east of Slater Creek.
The company responded, quickly assessed the situation and then brought a local environmental company on board to contain and clean up oil on the Russell Station property, in Slater Creek and along the Lake Ontario shore line.
Based on the investigation of the oil spill thus far, RG&E believes the vast majority of oil is on or in the ground in the vicinity of the substation.
The incident was reported to the Town of Greece police department. Anyone with information regarding this act of vandalism should contact the police.
RG&E has also contacted nearby property owners, the U.S. Coast Guard, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and local government officials to make them aware of the incident and RG&E’s response.
Anyone who is near the water in this area and sees an oil sheen should avoid it and refrain from fishing.