- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

LAKE ARIEL, Pa. (AP) - State environmental officials are investigating a home heating oil leak in a northeastern Pennsylvania lake.

Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Colleen Connolly said Tuesday that an undetermined amount of No. 2 fuel oil leaked into Lake Ariel in Wayne County from a nearby oil storage tank that overfilled on Friday.

The spill caused a red-colored slick and strong fumes. A hazmat team chipped through thick ice Tuesday to place materials in the water to stop the oil from spreading.

Connolly said the DEP is continuing to investigate exactly how the spill happened and why the department wasn’t immediately notified.

Lake Ariel is a 300-acre spring-fed lake with four miles of shoreline. The spill comes about eight months after 10,000 fish died in Lake Ariel from incorrect use of algae-control chemicals.

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