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Spill cleanup BG&E; focus


PERRYMAN -- The Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. says it's trying to determine the best way to clean up some 250,000 gallons of oil that leaked from an underground fuel line at its Perryman power plant.

"It's a large release. The good news is that it's all on site. It hasn't migrated off site or into the water supply," said John Goheen, a Maryland Department of the Environment spokesman. The bad news is that cleaning up this spill is going to be quite time-consuming."

BG&E; reported the leak to the Environment Department last November, after repairmen replacing a leaking fuel line discovered extensive oil contamination of soil. The spill wasn't made public until yesterday, when BG&E; called a meeting with the area homeowners' association at a firehouse.

Officers in the Forest Greens-Perryman Community Association expressed confidence in the company's ability to clean up the oil, but they were worried about how long the job would take.

The oil has been found as deep as 17 feet underground, floating on ground water moving toward the Bush River at 50 to 100 feet a year. It is separated from deeper aquifers by a layer of clay, officials said, and drinking water is not affected.

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