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DEP Monitors Limited 'Oil Spill' On Schoharie Reservoir


  Officials are monitoring a possible oil spill on the Schoharie Reservoir. 

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection says the apparent spill was spotted last Monday afternoon in a 50-foot-wide section of water downshore from the mouth of the Shandaken Tunnel, where water from the reservoir flows to New York City.  The DEP blocked it off with absorbent booms.  Additional booms were set up around the exit of the tunnel.
The "oily sheen" - since dissipated - is suspected to have been "motor oil or hydraulic oil" from a tank that likely washed into the water in 2011 during Tropical Storm Irene. Steps are being taken to remove the tank and there is no danger to the city's water supply.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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