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Diesel Spill Impacted Columbia's Lake Kittamaqundi: Officials

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services responded to the spill Monday afternoon.

Lake Kittamaqundi
Lake Kittamaqundi

The Maryland Department of the Environment was working on cleaning up a diesel spill Monday that affected Lake Kittamaqundi, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

The spill was reported at 4 p.m. Monday, the department reported, and fire and rescue crews responded to the 5600 block of Vantage Point Road.

"It appears the origin of the leak was from a nearby holding tank that leaked into the storm drain system and into Lake Kittamaqundi," the report stated.

Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services began working to clean up the spill and minimize its impact, and the Maryland Department of the Environment was notified.

The Maryland Department of the Environment and a private contractor were working to clean up the spill, according to the report.


ShepherdsRock April 15, 2014 at 07:28 AM
Who owns or is responsible for this nearby holding tank?
Jan Bowman April 16, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Why is this article so hard to locate online? Is it deliberately placed so that most people will miss it? And why is the photo one that doesn't begin to show the real situation? Why isn't the owner of the "nearby" holding tank identified? Who is paying for this? Why isn't CA contacting or giving information to local residents who live on this lake. What is the environmental impact of such a spill? This is not the first time but it is the worst one yet. Is this a cover up? The article doesn't even begin to ask the right journalistic questions.
Kim Cooke April 16, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Super! I can't wait for the Dominion Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal project to come to fruition. We are right on track for total destruction. At least when that happens we will all be gainfully employed and the corporations will be fat and happy.

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