Barrels of used oil dumped in two locations in Washtenaw County
Several barrels of used oil were dumped in Pittsfield and Augusta townships Wednesday, authorities said.
In Pittsfield Township, someone opened taps on two 55-gallon drums of grease and oil so that the contents would spill onto the ground, fire officials said in a press release.
The first dumping was discovered about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Macey Road near Bunton Road in Augusta Township. Five 55-gallon plastic drums of used motor oil were left there, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality responded to the cleanup effort there.
Later Wednesday, Pittsfield Township firefighters were dispatched to Munger and Bemis roads where they found two 55-gallon barrels leaking a brown substance they determined to be used grease and motor oil.
The Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials team was called to assist with the cleanup. It took an hour and a half to completely clean up the spill. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality was handling disposal of the waste.
Police believe the barrels were dumped in Pittsfield Township between 3 and 4:30 p.m.
A witness told investigators she saw an older model Chevrolet pickup truck, possibly a Silverado, maroon or dark red with silver or white colored sides travel past her house going south. She said five minutes later she heard a thump and then saw the truck going fast in the opposite direction. Two men were in the cab, she said.
Anyone with any information can call Pittsfield Township police at (734) 822-4911.
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