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Miles-long fuel spill on Rt. 34 in Cayuga County contained: DEC says no streams or creeks impacted

State officials have reported that a miles-long fuel spill along Route 34 in Cayuga County has been contained to the roadway and did not affect any nearby streams or creeks.

The spill was caused by a truck from Phelps-based shipping company Wadhams Enterprise that hit road debris, puncturing the saddle tank and causing diesel fuel to leak onto Route 34 from the town of Venice to Auburn.


The driver was unaware of the issue until they ran out of fuel, but the state Department of Transportation and the Venice and Auburn fire departments responded and consulted with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to contain the spill. Fortunately, the spill was contained to the roadway, and no storm drains were affected.

The DOT spread sand on the entire length of the spill to ensure traction, and only one bag of speedy dry absorbent was used where the vehicle stopped. The DEC confirmed that the spill was under control and that no streams or creeks were contaminated by the fuel spill.