Snow and Ice Causing Oil Spills 

State officials are cautioning home owners

that ice and snow can trigger spills of heating oil from outdoor


The Department of Environmental Protection says falling ice from

roofs and snow compaction around the tanks can sever lines and

break off filters.

The agency’s alert follows a number of spills around the state.

Oil and Hazardous materials Specialist Sheryl Bernard says a

spill cleanup can be expensive and disruptive, not to mention the

cost of replacing the lost oil. Bernard says a little careful

shoveling this weekend can prevent a disaster later on.