Town gets $47,325 in 9,600-gallon 2013 oil spill in Mystic

Tanker at parkwat rotary new Medford shows neutalized fuel on the road in Arlington police photo.Righted tanker at parkway rotary near Medford with foam covering fuel on the road in 2013 Arlington police photo.

The Town of Arlington and the City of Medford have been awarded $81,600 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support projects that will help restore natural resources in the Upper Mystic River damaged during a tanker-truck fuel oil spill in 2013.

The Town of Arlington was awarded $47,325 for its Mystic River Restoration Project. The funds will be used to reduce riverbank erosion at an existing outfall along the Upper Mystic River, create a native habitat following input from community groups, and create interpretive materials to increase public awareness along the river.

"We’re pleased to be receiving these funds," Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine said in a statement Nov. 10. "They will help remediate the damage done by the oil spill and assist in our efforts to keep the Mystic River a natural treasure for all visitors and inhabitants."

The funds, using $55,100 from a settlement between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and J.P. Noonan Transportation Inc. of West Bridgewater and supplemented by the Commonwealth's Natural Resource Damage (NRD) Trust.

An additional $26,500 has been made available through the Commonwealth's NRD Trust, which is funded from environmental fines and penalties.

For more information contact the town's conservation administrator, Cori Beckwith at cbeckwith[@]

A report about the settlement in 2014 with the state Department of Environmental Protection said two settlements totaled $55,100 and $7,187, respectively, with J.P. Noonan Transportation after the May 31, 2013, spill.

The spill occurred on Route 60 in Arlington when an oil tanker truck crashed while going around a rotary on the Mystic Valley Parkway. As a result of the crash, the 10,000-gallon compartment of the tanker was breached, dumping nearly all of its contents onto the roadway, which then flowed into storm drains and subsequently into the nearby Mystic River, a state news release said. 

Police Chief Fred Ryan said in May 2013 that the tanker was coming on to Route 60 from Medford into Arlington when it failed to succesffully make the turn in the rotary and flipped. As a precaution, several homes in the immediate area were evacuated until the contents of the truck could be identified and the scene secured.

Aftermath: InsideMedford photos >>

Spill fuel fouls Mystic River at Arliongton and West Medford in Matthew Haberstroh photo.Spilled fuel fouls Mystic River at Arlington and West Medford in Matthew Haberstroh photo via Web partner

The fuel was leaking, and the fire department and hazardous-materials teams were setting up booms to contain the spill. reported the driver, a 65-year-old Framingham man, is listed in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

As of 9 p.m. Friday, the tractor-trailer had been removed from the scene, and crews were working to grind down and repave the road, said Captain Richard Flynn of the Arlington Police Department.

Members of the Arlington Fire/Rescue stabilized the operator on scene before transporting him to Beth Israel with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Nov. 14, 2014: Carrier penalized for 9,600-gallon 2013 oil spill in Mystic

This story was published Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.  

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