We had our day cut short today due to a strange occurrence. I noticed Friday and Saturday that SAT Environmental trucks were at the Sequoit bridge on Rt173 with containment hoses in the water and figured they must have had some type of spill they were cleaning up. Didn't think much more about it until we were drilling holes on Bluff Lake Sunday afternoon. Within a few minutes of drilling the holes, an oily sediment and film filled the holes. It didn't take long before I put two and two together realizing that whatever SAT was attempting to contain at Rt173 was obviously not being contained. Here's a couple of pic's of the "goo" in the water.
So after seeing that mess, we decided to hit another area but while heading south, we found our holes from yesterday.
Obviously, what ever this spill is, is not small in size.
There is obviously a large amount of some type of oily substance throughout the lake. We packed up and headed to the bridge where SAT was working and asked what they were cleaning up and got a response of, "Nothing serious". I then explained that what ever it was, they weren't containing it as it has already made it through two lakes and probably more. The guy then says that a truck hit an electrical pole and the transformer fell into the water causing the oil to leak out. I explained to him that it seemed like an awful lot of oil to contaminate two or more lakes from just one transformer, then he tells me it was six transformers. How does a truck back into a pole and knock six transformers in the water??
I'm not an environmental nut by no means but this stuff has definitely contaminated Lake Marie and Bluff and with the current will take no time to get through Petite, Fox, Nippersink and Pistakee to the river. Not sure what this stuff is but I'm not buying the transformer oil story.
I have reported this to the Illinois EPA.