As released by Dauphin County:
Dauphin County’s Wildwood Park to Remain Closed Through Sunday
Park’s wetlands impacted by fuel spill, cleanup continues
HARRISBURG, PA (May 10, 2013) – Wildwood Park, owned and operated by Dauphin County, will remain closed through Sunday, May 12 while the park is cleaned up after a tanker truck fire caused fuel to leak into Paxton Creek and along the banks of the lake in the park.
Immediately after the accident yesterday, Dauphin County HazMat responded to the fuel spill and was able to prevent further damage to the wetlands by placing booms along the banks of the lake to absorb the oil. About 10 acres of the park’s 200 acres were affected by the fuel leak.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was also notified and took containment and remediation measures. DEP continues to monitor the cleanup and conditions at the park.
Also on the scene is the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to ensure wildlife around the park is protected. Loud sounds or “cannons” are being used to keep wildlife away from the affected area.
Due to a rapid response to the scene, wildlife around the park has been minimally impacted. PGC officers have recovered 11 ducks and geese for professional cleaning, half of which have died. No dead fish or frogs have been found.
All programming scheduled through Sunday has been canceled. The park will be closed until further notice.