Willard Beach in South Portland could be closed for days due to oil spills

SOUTH PORTLAND: Willard Beach, a popular destination for sunbathing and dog-hunting in South Maine, could be shut down for days due to storm surges on the beach on Tuesday.

Investigators have identified the responsible body and no further drainage is required from the source, the Maine Department of Environmental Affairs said Wednesday. The agency did not say who was responsible or how much oil was spilled.

However, a statement from the city on Tuesday night said investigators were investigating a possible link to an oil spill.

And on Wednesday, an employee from a cleaning company, a local service company, was working on the former Hill Service Station on 491 Cottage Road, when the stench of used motor oil filled the air and the road was covered with petroleum residue and patches. Grain white material.

The local service company Clean Ports workers were working on the hut on the old Hill Service Station. Derrick Davis / Staff Photographer

Firefighters beat Siconton Cove on Casco Bay.

He is contracted to carry out the clean-up, which includes collecting any contaminated seaweed and other materials from the beach, and working with the city to collect the remaining oil waste from the stormwater drainage system.

The 4-hectare, moon-shaped beach stretches from South Maine Community College to the fishing point. The storm surge rises in the middle of the beach, near the main entrance, the bathroom, the snack bar and the playground.

The busiest of the year, the beach was immediately cleared of people and pets and closed to the public on Tuesday night. It will remain closed until at least Wednesday, the DAP said.

Clean Harbors, a local service company to clean up the Willard Beach in South Portland, after oil was released from a hurricane. Derrick Davis / Staff Photographer

Maxwell Smith, a respondent to DEP oil and hazardous materials, took sand and water samples from Tuesday night to Wednesday afternoon to keep people and dogs away from the popular beach. Dogs are allowed on the municipal beach from 7-9 am and 7-9 pm May 1 to September 30.

“It was very tiring this morning,” Smith said Wednesday. “Yesterday people were swimming in the oil. Dogs were rolling in. We were fighting the storm. ”

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Deciding when to open the beach will be a matter for the city, he said.

“I want to give this beach back to people as soon as possible,” said Smith.

He said the party responsible for the spill would be fined and cleaned up.

The reopening will be reviewed daily as the cleanup continues and test results are analyzed, the DEP said. Neighbors may notice some petrol odors as a result of the spill, but there is no risk to public health.

“Public safety is our number one priority,” said Coast Guard Captain Amy Florentino.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Derrick Davis / Staff Photographer

The Hill Service Station was owned by Richard Hill for many years, and he died in December 2020. Neighbors say the site has a new owner and has been undergoing renovations in recent days, including the installation of new roofs and power outages. Service pools.

According to city tax records, Gara rage was acquired in July 2020 by AKA LLC at 398 Spurwink Road, Cape Elizabeth, owned by acoustic design contractor Tony del Aquila. Dell Aquila did not respond to a call for information on common rage.

Friends of Casco Bay made the statement in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“When we hear such leaks, we are just as concerned,” said Casco Bayer Leverkusen Ivy Frenoca. We thank the Coast Guard and the state and local authorities for their prompt response and seizure. They are giving us up-to-date information as they work. I will visit the event with these officials to learn more about the flow and clearing when appropriate.


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