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Man cited for causing oil spill at Carruthers Park

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A Hammond man was cited for causing an oil spill at Carruthers Park.

The park host, who lives on site, called police about 8:30 a.m. Sunday when he woke to find a 400- to 500-square-feet spill in the parking lot near the dog park.

A large oil barrel was split open, lying on the asphalt in the park’s east entrance and oil was trailing toward a storm drain with the words “outflows to stream” printed on it, according to a police report.

The park host had disposed of the barrel, which had about a third of the contents still inside, and the officer was able to retrieve it.

“The container was either disposed of intentionally at that location or had possibly fallen from a moving vehicle, which I believed was possible due to the large crack,” the officer wrote in a police report.

A hazardous materials team from the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center was notified to determine the extent of the environmental hazard and the city’s Public Works staff contained the spill.

A man who witnessed the barrel falling from a truck and recognized the truck’s driver contacted police later that day.

Gregory Scott Adams, 37, owner of and a resident at South Jetty Inn, was cited for criminal placing of offensive substances in water, highways or property.

He reportedly told an officer that the oil was industrial waste from his shop and he was using the inn’s pickup, which has no tailgate, to take it for disposal.

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