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DEP Investigates Oil Spills in Susquehanna County

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is looking into two oil spills in Susquehanna Borough.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is looking into two oil spills in Susquehanna Borough.

Andreas Plonka says he and his son recently noticed oil flowing down a hillside near his property. About two years ago, Plonka bought the former Starucca House, which used to be a train station and hotel in the borough.

The oil appears to have flowed through a drainage pipe, down the hillside and has settled next to the train tracks. Plonka's 5-year-old dog Rosie got into the oil, which helped tip his family off to the problem.

"My son noticed the dog is all black. We washed the dog down and we hope that she doesn't have any after problems from that, you know," said Plonka.

The DEP says it is aware of the situation. DEP workers were expected to be in Susquehanna at some point today to look into the issue further.

An spokeswoman says the agency is looking to see whether the spill near the Starucca House is connected with fuel oil that was found in a sewer line under the Family Dollar a short distance away.
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