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Upper Milford Township Awaits Answers on Buckeye Road

Upper Milford Township Manager Dan DeLong says the township is waiting to hear from the Department of Environmental Protection on how long Buckeye Road will remain closed following a fatal accident and large diesel fuel spill Sunday night.

Upper Milford Township is waiting for answers from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) about the extent of cleanup that needs to be done along Buckeye Road following a fatal accident and large diesel fuel spill, according to Township Manager Dan DeLong.

Buckeye Road in Upper Milford Township has been closed since a car collided with a diesel fuel truck Sunday night, killing a Macungie man and dumping approximately 2,500 gallons of fuel oil on the roadway.

“It’s a mess out there,” DeLong said, describing trenches along both sides of the road ranging from 4- to 12-feet deep. The contractors hired by the DEP have been removing the contaminated soil, DeLong explained, and yesterday were expected to make a determination as to whether any of the fuel oil spilled had gotten underneath the road.

“They need to figure out whether they are going to have to rip the road out,” DeLong said.

DeLong also said that the township is waiting on answers on 11 wells in the area that have been tested following the oil spill. “I would be surprised if there has been any contamination of the wells,” he said, because such as short time has passed since the spill and cleanup began almost immediately.

PennDOT is expected to set up a longer-term, more clearly marked detour route around the closed section of Buckeye Road, added DeLong.

taxpayer November 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Once again Upper Milford Officials are sitting on their hands. In a issue like this the Twp Emergency management coordinator should have been on site daily along with other officials from the Twp. After all they have dug up Tank farm road which is a twp road not state and no one is aware what has been done. As always the officials put their head in the sand. Poor planning by the Twp once again. I feel sorry for the family that lost a love one, but what would the Twp have done if the Truck was carrying Propane or Gasoline.
ron November 15, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Wow, sounds like the ranting of a lunatic. Township officials have been there and are in communication with the DEP and PennDOT, it said so in the article. There have been updates hear on the patch and on 69 news. Whether the road is Twp or state is irrelevant the DEP will take charge if the road is state, Twp or private. Officials are aware of what has been done and release updates daily. If the truck was carrying propane or gasoline the Twp would do whatever was necessary just like they are doing now. In no way are officials sitting on there hands. Im guessing taxpayer is one of those people whom complained because their power was not back on a day after Sandy or gets mad if he dont see a snow plow five minutes after it starts snowing. It must be hard going through life with such a huge chip on your shoulder.
LMTnative November 15, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I agree. The township and/or their engineer should have a representative present from start to finish of this project to ensure the protection of the township and it's residents.
tamarya November 15, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Do they really have to rip the road out? Just wondering how people survived well contamination before EPA had so many regulations in place. I personally no for myself and family, I would rather have my well contaminated with diesal over some type of bacteria or parasite. But then again I am not afraid to swim myself or allow my kids to go into chlorinated pools, or live with chemically treated water.
taxpayer November 15, 2012 at 04:00 PM
It is event of your ignorance Ron. The point is the tanks have been there for years trucks have been transporting various types of products from the tanks for years more so in the past 10 since propane is also shipped from that area The roads haven't changed, by the amount of traffic both private, business and trucking has increased 10 times in the past 10 years. So wouldn't you think the Twp should have already had something as simple as an emergency/ detour route in place in preparation of such an emergency in that area. Have you seen the masconfusion by all types of drivers as to where to go. You may also not be aware Penndot has certain limitations for truck traffic. Such as certain weight trucks are not allowed up Cedar Crest and certain length trucks are not allowed on Route 100 in Macungie after Buckeye road . Also Mr. Delong made a statement about well water did he not know after the accident in rained. Does he not know what happens when it rains and how wells are replenished. That is what he said when Buckeye had the gas spills yet today main wells in that area are not useable for human consumption. Think man before you fawl mouth someone. You must be one of those people who believes everything you hear from any goverment body. There has been 3 gas spills in the past eight years and this accident and the Twp is no further prepared now then eight years ago
ron November 15, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Ilive in the area. I use mill rd or indian creek to go around, im very sure some people are confused and yes there should be better signs showing how to detour but i have not seen anything close to massconfusion. Plus immediatly after the crash police in macungie began allowing trucks to proceed up and down route 100 so there is no problem there at all.
ron November 15, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Yes mr Delong did know it rained he even mentioned it in the news. the contaminated wells are a problem but in no way the townships fault. the Twp has complained to buckeye about not letting them know about the leaks right away and buckeye said they will now do so even though by law they are not required to by law. Plus buckeye has provided training and equipment to local fire companys to deal with emergencies. Is the situation perfect, no but then what is. One thing for sure is that upper milford and lower macungie are definitely better prepared for emergencies at buckeye then they where 8 years ago, heck there better prepared then they where last year. Training is ongoing i remember major fire company drills taking place back in the 70's its ongoing and never stops instead of complaining you should offer suggestions im sure Twp and fire company officials would be glad to listen. And " lol" i dont believe half of the things i hear from government but with a little research you can find out whats true you ought to try it sometime.
taxpayer November 15, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Ron ask the Twp to see their written plans for emergency preparedness and when they did the last study of risk management for the Twp.I said nothing about the fire service they do a great job for Volunteers, but the issue stems futher then Fire service personnel. It deals with Emergency Management as required under state and federal requirements and is the repsonsiblity of the TWP and who is leaglly responsible for it. end of commets times a wasting.
Tired of "know-it-alls" that know nothing November 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM
All those who posted responses above should learn to spell correctly, use proper grammar and punctuation, and choose the proper words (i.e. “I personally no” should be “I personally know”). All of these posts are written like fourth graders and therefore the content seems to be equally worthwhile to consider. None of you appear educated enough to provide useful advice with any credibility. Instead, all of your responses are emotional rants about what should be done in a situation that none of you are actually “doing” anything to help or really “know” much about.
Michael D Siegel November 15, 2012 at 08:41 PM
all concerned: Both Twsps should have and Emergency Management Plan for hazardous waste spills- just not fires. Ask to to see the plan and go the LMT Public Safety Meeting (held every month) if you have questions. Believe, this a serious situation- just ask S Whitehall and the spill at the Turnpike offramp as an example. On a related note-ask to see if either twsp has plans for emergency evacuation for Limerick Nuclear Power Station. Did you know Emmaus High School is one of the designated evacuation centers? Imagine tens of thousands coming north using Rt 29 as an evacuation route?
ron November 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Taxpayer i thank you for your concern about our communities. Emergency management plans are important. We all must see that our townships do what they need to do to keep us safe.
ron November 15, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Check out all the posts on the patch and you will see a lot of bad spelling and grammer. People use their phones and type on the run. they just want to get their message out fast almost like they where talking to someone. 95 percent of the people on hear dont care if they or someone else spells something wrong they just want to get their point across. so maybe you should take your holier than thou attitude and read something else.
Edwin Feuerstein, Jr. November 16, 2012 at 06:40 AM
One observation. It sounds like everyone involved knew that the road was going to be closed for an extended period. Why didn't someone in traffic control go to the corner of Buckeye and Chestnut Street and put the light on yellow caution blinker or turn the light off, instead of wasting people's time and gasoline stopping at a corner that had no possibility of cross traffic? Probably the same could be said about the other end of the road closure?
Stevie B. November 17, 2012 at 04:07 AM
OMG -- Mis-spellings ???? Oh, the humanity !??!?!?!?!? Get overr yourself already -- :oP Yes, I am sticking my tongue out at you, deal with it -- WAAAHHHHHH !!!! Douche, gee, is douche spelled right -- YOU'D KNOW !!!!
Stevie B. November 17, 2012 at 04:15 AM
FYI, PEOPLE -- As for ALL who want to blame the TRUCKERS on this road, I am a former resident od Buckeye and Tank Farm Road -- My Family is directly in death's path, geologically speaking, they ARE on the intersection -- I lived in that house myself for 18+ years and have seen many drivers of non-commercial vehicles drive like idiots -- People are sooooo quick to judge the TRUCKERS -- Yeah, I am a Truck Driver, a PROUD, RESPONSIBLE one at that -- So with this particular incident in mind -- Please, do explain how the Truck Driver was to notice a DARK COLORED SUB-COMPACT VEHICLE in the DEAD OF NIGHT, with NO LIGHTS ON ??? Are you going to supply the Trucking Industry Drivers with NIGHT-VISION GOGGLES ??? Ahhh, There's your answer, Night Vision Goggles for all Truck Drivers to see IDIOTS that drive DRUNK and/or DO NOT HAVE ANY LIGHTS ON in the DEAD OF NIGHT !!! Duh -- Have a pleasant evening as you ponder that one -- Oh my, I do hope my grammer, spelling, and punctuation are correct, since that's what really matters --
ralph schmalf January 03, 2013 at 04:55 PM
the guy that hit the tanker was knowingly offing himself after hearing that his liver was failing. deal with it

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