Home Oil Tank Leak East of Great Rd.: Ongoing Clean-up includes Brook

Posted on April 9, 2019

Yesterday evening (4/8/19) Montgomery Volunteer Fire Company #2, Montgomery Twp. Police Dept. and Somerset County Haz Mat responded to a complaint of fuel oil odor and sheen on Bedens Brook at Mountain View Road.

The Haz Mat team traced the source of the material to a home heating oil tank off of Great Road.  An estimated 600 to 900 gallons of home heating oil escaped from the tank. The tank has been pumped of the remaining material. However, a significant amount of oil remains in the ground.

NJDEP and Somerset County Haz Mat have placed a series of absorbent booms across Bedens Brook from the source downstream to Mountain View and to Cherry Hill Road. Clean-up and soil remediation continues.

We are asking residents to report any fuel oil odors or sheen on Bedens Brook to the Health Department during regular business hours, M-F, 8 AM to 4:30 PM, at (908) 359-8211 ext. 227 or to Montgomery Twp. Police Dept. after business hours at (908) 359-3222, so we can follow up. Particularly important would be reports of odor or sheen downstream (east of) Cherry Hill Road, as that would indicate further movement.

Montgomery Twp. Health Dept. recommends that people and pets not wade or play in the Bedens Brook between Great Road and Cherry Hill Road until further notice. Thank you.

Source: Montgomery Twp. Health Dept., 4/9/19