HAZMAT Incidents / Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 @ 7:08 p.m.

Petroleum Incident in McKinleyville

A new hazardous materials incident involving petroleum has been reported to the California Office of Emergency Services.

According to a report published by the office, the incident took place at or near a residence in McKinleyville at around 4:38 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

About eight gallons of a substance described as “oil, insulating - non pcb” were released to the environment, according to the person who called in the report.

Here’s the description of the incident that was recorded by the Office of Emergency Services:

A power pole failed due to unknown reasons. The incident resulted in an insulating oil discharge from the pole's transformer and onto the ground. A PG&E crew was dispatched to the site and a cleanup completed. No fires or injuries were reported and no waterways were impacted. Permanent repairs are in progress.

This was the first hazardous materials incident recorded by the Office of Emergency Services in the McKinleyville area this year and the sixth petroleum spill in the county overall.

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