Friday, April 23, 2010

Remembering Ashland

Just watching the news from the Gulf of Mexico brings to mind Pittsburgh's own major oil spill.  In January of 1988 an Ashland Oil Company storage tank failed and dumped 500K to a million gallons of fuel into the Monongahela... obviously closing the river for most uses and threatening the water supplies for us and many communities down river.  I am not sure anyone keeps a list of the biggest such spills locally, but it has to be near the top if there was.

Might be interesting for someone to take a look at how prepared we all would be if there was any similar event today on the rivers or elsewhere.


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