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DEP: Stolen Valve Caused Oil Leak into Lackawanna River

SCRANTON — The Department of Environmental Protection said Wednesday that an oil tank leaked in Scranton because a brass valve on the tank was stolen.

The tank leaked over 40,000 gallons of fuel oil over the weekend and some of it went into the Lackawanna River.

There is no word on how much of the oil got into the river.

The owners of the oil tank are paying for the cleanup.

Officials said whoever stole the brass valve probably wanted money for scrap.


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