Heating Oil Discharge into Beden’s Brook

Yesterday evening (4/8/19) MTPD and Somerset County Haz Mat responded to a complaint of fuel oil odor and sheen on Bedens Brook at Mountain View Road.

The Haz Mat team traced the source of the material to a home heating oil tank off of Great Road.  An estimated 600 to 900 gallons of home heating oil escaped from the tank.  The tank has been pumped of the remaining material.  However, a significant amount of oil remains in the ground.

NJDEP and Somerset County Haz Mat have placed a series of booms across Bedens Brook from the source downstream to Mountain View and to Cherry Hill Road.  Clean-up and the soil remediation continues.

We are asking residents to report any fuel oil odors, or sheen on the brook, to the Health Department during regular business hours, or to MTPD after business hours so we can follow up during daylight.  Particularly important would be reports of odor or sheen downstream  (East of) Cherry Hill Road, as that would indicate further movement.

MTHD recommends that people not wade or play in the Bedens Brook  between Great Road and Cherry Hill Road until further notice.

Please call the Health Department during regular business hours at (908) 359-8211 to report any fuel oil odors, or sheen on the brook.