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Residents concerned about fluid leak from PSEG cable

Residents are expressing concern over what they say is a lack of communication from PSEG Long Island after fluid was found leaking from an underground cable. PSEG Long Island says it discovered dielectric

News 12 Staff

Dec 30, 2014, 3:21 AM

Updated 3,459 days ago

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Residents are expressing concern over what they say is a lack of communication from PSEG Long Island after fluid was found leaking from an underground cable.
PSEG Long Island says it discovered dielectric fluid leaking from one of its underground cables in Hog Island Channel in Island Park last Monday. It says it contained the leak last Tuesday, and crews have laid booms to protect the shoreline.
However, residents say they haven't heard any word from officials or PSEG on the leak. Some say they are concerned about the spill because they are unsure if it could cause damage to their health or the environment.
A PSEG spokesman says the fluid is a "high-grade mineral oil" that's used for cooling inside the cable. The spokesman says 7,000 gallons of the nontoxic liquid were recovered from the ground, but says about 100 to 200 gallons may have made its way into the water.
PSEG says it immediately notified the Coast Guard and the Department of Environmental Conservation, but not residents in the area.
"Should we have done a notification? We'll absolutely reflect on that," says Jeffery Weir, of PSEG Long Island. "We want to make sure that we're learning from it."
PSEG says the spill should not have any harmful impact on the surrounding environment or wildlife, and says it is working with the DEC to monitor the situation.


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