DEEP: Upwards of 6,000 gallons of oil leaked into Naugatuck River

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection now believes 4,500 to 6,000 gallons of hydraulic oil spilled into the Naugatuck River on Saturday.

Crews say a sheen of oil can be seen all the way downstream to the Long Island Sound.

“A small amount of oil will go a long way, but this is a large amount of oil,” DEEP spokesperson Jeff Chandler said.Related Content: 4,000 gallons of oil spills into Naugatuck River

DEEP says the oil leaked from a container at Olin Brass when a valve froze and then burst. Oil overflowed from the containment area onto their property and into the river.

“At this point, about 30 to 40 yards of soil have been excavated and they’re still continuing to excavate,” Chandler said.

While it’s still too early for DEEP to know the lasting environmental effect, they say no wildlife appears to be adversely affected.

“The wildlife doesn’t seem to be distressed,” Chandler said. “There are numerous water fowl in the area in no apparent distress. There has been no aquatic mortality.”Related Content: Equipment failure leads to thousands of gallons of oil leaked in Waterbury

Kevin Zak of the Naugatuck River Revival Group described the scene.

“It was like bubbling. Like liquid – a volcano – moving down the river,” Zak said. “From what I saw, I was just horrified. It was just pouring down the river.”

DEEP said the clean up could take several more weeks. They say rain will help expedite the process of flushing the river.

The question still left unanswered is whether or not Olin Brass will face any consequences.

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