January 3, 1990 |
Officials predicted there would be little environmental damage from 10,000 gallons of gasoline that leaked into the Monongahela River from a runaway barge, and a second loose barge carrying fuel was recovered Tuesday with its cargo intact. They were two of at least 55 barges that were ripped from their moorings along a 58-mile stretch of the Monongahela on Monday as chunks of ice rushed down the rain-swollen river. Some were empty and others were loaded with coal; 30 of the runaways sank.
January 8, 1988 |
Ashland Oil Co. Chairman John R. Hall's admission that his company made mistakes in erecting the diesel fuel tank that burst last Saturday may make company attorneys wince, but his frankness is playing well in the public arena. "Concern, contrition, openness, serving up the chief executive, being willing to pay for the damages within limits and supporting an outside investigation. Wow! Ring up the bell," said former American Motors Corp. Chairman Gerald Meyers.
April 2, 1990 |
A 30-mile fuel slick created by a punctured pipeline worked its way down the Allegheny River, forcing the closure of water-intake pipes and prompting water conservation orders for about 1 million people in a dozen communities. Authorities in the affected towns in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties were monitoring the slick to determine when to shut intake valves to keep the mixture of gasoline and oil from tainting water supplies. They banned all non-essential use of water.
May 24, 1990 |
The city agreed Wednesday to pay a record $1.5 million in fines for discharging inadequately treated waste from a sewage plant into the Delaware River, federal regulators said. The Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Resources had filed suit in 1988. U.S. Atty. Michael Baylson said the fines will be the highest a city has paid for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.
July 7, 1988
Ashland Oil Co. reached agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up ground water and soil contaminated by last January's rupture of a 4-million gallon tank of diesel fuel at the firm's facility outside Pittsburgh, Pa.