DEC handles oil spill in downtown Saranac Lake
SARANAC LAKE — State Department of Environmental Conservation staff worked to contain a mysterious oil spill in the Saranac River Thursday afternoon.
The spill, which spread from the Broadway Bridge past the pedestrian bridge behind Left Bank Cafe, smelled like and appeared to be fuel oil.
DEC spokeswoman Erin Hanczyk said the Harrietstown town supervisor called in the spill around 2 p.m. DEC staff contained the spill with 16 floating booms. DEC staff said it was difficult to tell how much oil had been spilled because all they could see is sheen, which can be caused by a very small amount of oil.
As for the source, the DEC was still looking.