HAZMAT Incidents / Thursday, March 2, 2023 @ 6:32 p.m.

Petroleum Incident in Trinidad

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 Trinidad at around 12:35 p.m. today.

About three gallons of a substance described as “mineral oil (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 tree hit a line attached to a pole mounted transformer causing equipment failure of an overhead transformer. 3 gallons of mineral oil was released onto gravel and concrete. Spill has been stopped and contained with no waterways being impacted. Contractors were on scene for spill clean up.

This was the first hazardous materials incident recorded by the Office of Emergency Services in the Trinidad area this year and the 10th petroleum spill in the county overall.

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