Oil leak damages club roof

March 08, 1999

Oil leak on roofBy SCOTT BUTKI and MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writers

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

A heating oil leak on the roof of the Boys and Girls Club on Sunday afternoon caused about $15,000 in damages, Executive Director Jim Deaner said Monday.

The club will have to pay about $10,000 to replace the rubber roof, which was built in 1992, Deaner said.

A contractor will begin repairing the roof on the 805 Pennsylvania Ave. building on Wednesday or Thursday, he said.

Something, perhaps strong winds, damaged a pipe connected to the rooftop furnace, he said.

Oil continued to run through the feeding line and as it did it began to leak out, coating the roof and running down through the downspouts. It then spread across the ground and nearby railroad tracks.

The club was lucky in that most of the oil went onto an old roadbed, which kept the oil from sinking deeper into the soil, he said.


Richard Lego, regional supervisor of the Maryland Department of the Environment's Oil Control Program, looked at the problem Monday afternoon and met with Deaner, Deaner said.

Lego estimated that about 500 gallons leaked out during a 30-minute period before the problem was discovered and the flow stopped, Deaner said.

Lego could not be reached for comment.

Lego told him that if a backhoe were used to remove 5 inches to a foot of soil there would be no environmental problems, Deaner said. Some of the soil was being removed Monday afternoon.

He is estimating it will cost about $5,000 to fix the furnace and remove the soil. He has not heard yet if the insurance company will help pay expenses.

The Washington County club has served the community since 1941. The organization provides programs on drug and alcohol prevention, delinquency intervention, health and fitness, career exploration and educational enhancement for more than 5,000 youths in the area.

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