About 350 gallons of oil spills into river

April 26, 2020 GMT

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — About 350 gallons of heating oil have leaked into the Connecticut River from a New Hampshire facility, authorities say.

The Hanover Fire Department was dispatched to the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory at about 4 p.m. Saturday after a security officer discovered a leak, according to a statement from the fire department.

It was determined that the leak was coming from a newly installed boiler in the main lab. The boiler and leak were quickly isolated and shut down.

But some oil made it’s way into a floor drain and into the river.

The spill was contained with 550 feet (168 meters) of a rigid boom across the river. The boom will be in place for a couple of days while Clean Harbors cleans up the spill.

Boat traffic will be unable to pass until the boom is removed.