Millersburg company cited for oil discharge into Susquehanna River

MILLERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state Department of Environmental Protection has cited a Dauphin County company for an illegal discharge of oil into the Susquehanna River.

DEP spokeswoman Amanda Witman said the oil leaked into a storm drain from Dauphin Precision Tools.

“In February, a portion of their piping began to leak,” Witman said. “The leak proceeded to go into the business’s basement. The sump pumps in the basement then pumped the oil into a storm drain where it entered into the Susquehanna River.”

A company spokesperson said Dauphin Precision Tools is working with the DEP to clean the river banks of oil-covered ice and snow before it melts. The cleanup began Tuesday and continued Thursday.

Neighbors are concerned for the wildlife.

“Egrets, blue heron that fish the waterways here and up the Wiconisco Creek, they go for tadpoles and minnows and things like that along the shoreline,” Don Geyer of Millersburg said.

“There has been some wildlife impacted by this spill, unfortunately the extent of which is still unknown,” Witman said.

There is no word yet on if the company will be fined.

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