Almost 3,000 gallons of pig grease spill on Routes 10/58, 460

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 17, 2005

Suffolk emergency officials spent most of Tuesday night and Wednesday clearing pig grease off Routes 10 and 58.

Fire units received a report of an oil leak near the Route 58/460 west bound off ramp at 4:58 p.m. Tuesday. Officials found a trail of oil extending down Route 58 from Godwin Boulevard to the off ramp at Route 460/Pruden Boulevard.

A tanker was found ruptured at the seams, causing an active leak at a rate of two to three gallons a minute. The estimated 2,500 to 3,000 gallons of pig oil had been heated at 150 degrees, said Capt. James Judkins, spokesman for the Suffolk Fire Department.

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Firefighters worked on diverting the spill by digging ditches to contact the grease. A clean-up contractor was called in.

Suffolk Police, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Industrial Marine Service also responded to the scene.

The tanker is owned by Central Feeds, based in Silver City, N.C. The company will be responsible for the cost of the cleanup, said Judkins.