This is what 3 gal­lons of oil looks like

Slick from spill stained wa­ters off Deer­field Beach in March

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Anne Geg­gis Staff writer

A slick of hy­draulic oil marred the wa­ters off South Florida on a sunny day, and ae­rial images showed how far a lit­tle bit of oil can spread.

The spill — be­lieved to be up to three gal­lons — cov­ered a swath of sea from Hills­boro Beach to Deer­field Beach. But where did it come from? Deer­field Beach snapped the images on March 19 and be­gan look­ing into it.

East­man Ag­gre­gate, a com­pany hired for a beach-re­nour­ish­ment project in Hills­boro Beach, blamed an equip­ment fail­ure that re­sulted in up to 3 gal­lons of biodegrad­able hy­draulic oil go­ing into the ocean, the com­pany said in a re­port.

Broward gave a vi­o­la­tion no­tice to East­man on April 6, not­ing an in­spec­tion re­vealed it didn’t have the tele­phone num­bers of re­quired con­tacts listed in its plan for emer­gency events. East­man avoided sanc­tions be­cause it demon­strated it fixed the prob­lem.

Mac Cerda, town man­ager of Hills­boro Beach, said the town kicked in ex­tra fund­ing to have an en­vi­ron­men­tal en­gi­neer “over­see and pro­tect the coastal en­vi­ron­ment” dur­ing the beach-re­nour­ish­ment project. But Cerda be­lieves the county’s no­tice was in­cor­rectly sub­mit­ted, and the en­gi­neer will re­quest that it be voided.

CITY OF DEER­FIELD BEACH/COUR­TESY

A photo taken at the Deer­field Beach-Hills­boro Beach line on March 19 shows a slick of hy­draulic oil. A com­pany work­ing on a beach re­nour­ish­ment project traced the spill to equip­ment fail­ure.

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