Trucking company fined for role in oil spill

| 12/14/2004

A Massachusetts trucking company has been slapped with an $18,000 fine for oil spilled by one of its trucks.

A J.P. Noonan Inc. delivery truck hauling No. 6 fuel oil wrecked at the intersection of Vermont Highways 64 and 12. According to a Vermont Agency of Natural Resources news release, an investigation into the wreck revealed the truck driver was driving too fast as he approached the intersection and the brakes on the truck were “seriously out of adjustment.”

The fully loaded truck flipped over and spilled 3,800 gallons of oil. Between 420 and 1,010 gallons of oil was not recovered, and a significant amount of that discharged into Sunny Brook in Northfield, VT, according to the state agency.

J.P. Noonan took appropriate steps to reduce the release of the oil when it brought in several cleanup crews to capture as much spilled oil as possible. After the investigation was completed, J.P. Noonan was notified of the violations and agreed to settle the matter.

The settlement was reduced to an Assurance of Discontinuance and was ordered by the Environmental Court on Nov. 30.