CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Environmental officials and emergency responders believe a sheen of diesel fuel on the Kanawha River near the Capitol Complex is probably from a weekend tractor-trailer wreck.
A tractor-trailer overturned on Interstate 77 near the Greenbrier Street exit early Saturday, killing the driver.
Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise said 30 to 50 gallons of diesel fuel from the truck's fuel tank spilled onto the roadway and entered a storm drain that empties into the Kanawha River.
The Charleston Fire Department on Saturday placed a boom supplied by the state Department of Environmental Protection around the spill to contain and absorb the fuel as it entered the Kanawha.
"But we learned today that some of the diesel was escaping the boom, causing a sheen to go downstream," Aluise said. "We gave the Charleston Fire Department another boom to try to contain the fuel. The booms will probably be on the river for several days. We'll replace them as they soak in the fuel."
North Carolina-based Taylor Express, the owner of the tractor-trailer, hired Evergreen Environmental to help in the cleanup at the wreck site. Personnel from Evergreen returned to Charleston Monday "to determine what's going on in the storm drain," Aluise said.
The slick caused by the spilled diesel will dissipate as it moves downriver, Aluise said.
The storm drain from which the spilled diesel entered the Kanawha is near the intersection of Chesapeake Street and Kanawha Boulevard East, a short distance upstream from the Capitol.