MONTVILLE, NJ - On Tuesday, Aug. 12, a diesel fuel spill occurred in Montville when an oil delivery company tried to make a delivery to the former location of the Montville Department of Public Works (DPW), according to Montville Police Chief Rudy Appelmann.
The driver of the truck, which is registered to Veryak Petroleum Enterprises in Kearny, tried to fill tanks located at 86 River Road, the site of Montville’s Board of Education building and municipal baseball fields. Montville’s DPW has not been located at that address since 2005.
“The delivery person was not paying attention to the hose while pumping the fuel into the tanks,” Appelmann said. "The fuel then overflowed and spilled into storm drains going into the Rockaway River."
Appelmann stated that the Parsippany Fire Department Hazardous Materials (HazMat) team along with Morris County HazMat and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection were attempting to contain the spill with booms and absorbent materials to prevent the fuel from proceeding downstream.
The matter is still under investigation at this time, according to Appelmann. TAP into Montville will provide further details once the investigation is complete.