DelDOT reports diesel spill


St. Georges, DE – About 1,600 gallons of diesel fuel is being recovered today (Feb 11); the result of a spill that occurred over the weekend at a DelDOT facility near St. Georges, DE.

The spilled fuel was contained by a nearby retention pond, and there are no indications that any of the fuel reached a nearby stream.

DelDOT officials became aware of the extent of the spill this morning. Operators had fueled vehicles at this location during storm operations this past weekend.

As part of their Hazardous Material plan, DelDOT personnel contacted the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to report the incident. In addition, DelDOT officials also contacted Guardian Environmental Services, a contractor for DelDOT, who had a team on site within 30 minutes to contain and clean up the spill.

Environmental experts at the scene said they were confident most of the fuel would be recovered. Clean-up operations should be completed this evening.

Clean-up costs are estimated to be about $50,000. DelDOT is cooperating with DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit to determine the cause of the spill.