Water company says response prevented diesel fuel from reaching Grassy Pond

Route 17 reopened following morning tractor-trailer crash

By Stephen Betts | Nov 27, 2018
Courtesy of: Rockport Police Department A tractor-trailer rolled over on Route 17 in Rockport around 8 a.m. Nov. 27.

Rockport — A tractor trailer rolled on its side Tuesday morning, Nov. 27, blocking busy Route 17 and causing concern about diesel fuel leaking near a public water supply.

But Maine Water Co. issued a statement saying that the efforts to keep the fuel from reaching Grassy Pond had been successful.

The crash occurred shortly after 8 a.m.

Rockport Officer Chris Taylor said the tractor-trailer was heading west on Route 17 when it either struck a patch of black ice or its tires got into the soft shoulder.

The driver, who was from Massachusetts, complained of pain and was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport with non-life-threatening injuries. The tractor trailer was carrying food goods, the officer said.

The road reopened shortly after 12:30 p.m.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Maine Water were notified.

Maine Water President Richard Knowlton said the company was coordinating with first responders because of the diesel fuel leak from the vehicle crash. Taylor said booms and pads were put down and contained the fuel leak.

Grassy Pond and Mirror Lake are the public water supply sources for Maine Water’s customers in the Camden/Rockland area.

"Maine Water Company officials want to assure our customers that there is no risk to the water being supplied in our system as a result of the event. Mirror Lake is not impacted in any way and is able to meet all customer demands. There will be no impact on water quality or service to customers.

"Response efforts to prevent any fuel spill from reaching Grassy Pond appear successful. We are not withdrawing water from Grassy Pond at this time and will ensure that all spill response measures deemed necessary to protect the public health and necessary water testing is complete before that supply is activated," Knowlton said Tuesday in an email statement.

The Rockport and Hope fire departments and the DEP responded.

More details will be added when they become available.

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