Electric Cables Leaked Oil into Salem Harbor
September 15, 2013
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection says that National Grid underwater electric cables along Derby Street in Salem, Massachusetts, have been leaking oil into the South River basin. But while the DEP says leaks haven’t been reported in years, others say the leaks persist, according to an article in the Salem Evening News.
Barbara Warren, executive director of Salem Sound Coastwatch, an environmental organization that monitors coastal waters, says she has reported spills and had DEP officials imply they know about them. The DEP has told her the oil is not hazardous, Warren said, but when she asked if they wanted a sample from the South River, Warren said she was told, “Don’t touch it.”