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Fuel spill on Loyalhanna

2012/8/4 11:54
From Pittsburgh, PA
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Posted on: 2014/3/8 20:39

Re: Fuel spill on Loyalhanna

2010/12/6 18:21
Posts: 13
Has anyone seen any other news on this? This has been the only story I have found.

Posted on: 2014/3/9 13:06

Re: Fuel spill on Loyalhanna

2006/11/20 10:08
Posts: 376
Know nothing about that, but liquid manure is pouring into the creeks around here over the frozen ground. Haven't seen any dead fish -- so far.

Posted on: 2014/3/9 21:15

Re: Fuel spill on Loyalhanna

2013/5/22 20:31
Posts: 19
That sucks. Thankfully, its several miles downstream from the DHALO project in Ligonier. Ive fished a good bit of the Loyalhanna from Ligonier to where it enters Latrobe. I doubt if there are any trout past Legion Keener park - the spill happened downstream from there.

Posted on: 2014/3/9 21:52

Re: Fuel spill on Loyalhanna

2006/11/10 8:32
Posts: 762
Typical size Fuel spills do not usually result in fish kills.

Posted on: 2014/3/9 22:22

Re: Fuel spill on Loyalhanna

2009/3/30 9:52
Posts: 61
This is the first I've heard of this, but I may swing by that area some time this week to check it out.

I tend to agree with Mike that something like this (getting this little coverage) is unlikely to affect the ecosystem much. Several years ago, I was fishing Mill Creek in Ligonier and noticed a similar sheen, and could clearly smell some sort of fuel.

I reported it to the DEP and after they investigated they got back to me to tell me that it was oil used for home heating that had spilled from somewhere upstream...and that typically, spills of that magnitude had no observable effects on stream ecology (but that if I noticed any impact, or could still see/smell oil even 3 days from then, to get back in touch with them).

If a waterway as small as Mill Creek could handle that with no problems, I'm guessing that even a much more significant spill won't have a lasting effect on the Loyalhanna down there.

That being said, though, I don't think it's something that should be ignored or accepted as normal.

Posted on: 2014/3/10 10:07

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