On Tuesday morning, August 24, 2021, Pocono Mountain School District (PMSD) officials received a call from Sanofi Pasteur-Swiftwater officials regarding what appeared to be some heating oil in the storm drain and a portion of the Swiftwater Creek that runs through their property. PMSD officials immediately notified a D'Huy engineer to investigate the possible cause of the oil leak and the PA Department of Environmental Protection. DEP officials and the D'Huy engineer responded quickly and were onsite on the Swiftwater Campus today to investigate this matter. It is believed the heating oil leak came from an in-ground heating oil tank near the Swiftwater Intermediate School. The cause of the tank leak is still under investigation.
PMSD was able to plug the area of the tank leak today to stop any further leakage of oil into the storm water drain or Swiftwater Creek. Local wells should not be impacted, but PMSD will hire an independent consultant to conduct any necessary soil sample tests under the direction of DEP.
PMSD officials will receive a report from DEP that will specify the environmental cleanup and mitigation efforts for the district to follow. PMSD officials are committed to mitigating this oil leak as quickly as possible under the direction of PA DEP.