Officials respond to spill in Montreal River


May 5, 2021

Tom LaVenture/Daily Globe

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Warden Matt Mead, from left, talks to Hurley Police Chief Chris Colassaco, Iron County Emergency Government Director Stacy Ofstad and Ironwood Public Safety Officer Brandon Snyder near the Monteal River in Hurley Monday. A spill was reported.


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HURLEY - A pedestrian's quick action helped to reduce the amount of what is believed to be discarded motor oil that made its way through the stormwater system into the Montreal River on Monday.

Jeff Paddock, Northern Region Spills coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the caller complained there was a "sheen present on the river" near the Hurley bridge. The city of Hurley and Iron County Emergency Management placed absorbent booms in response to the apparent petroleum substance flowing from a storm sewer pipe and a...

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