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Power Transformer Swallowed by Large Hole in Buckland

transformerBUCKLAND, Mass. (WGGB) — A power transformer, eaten up by a sinkhole in Buckland, makes for a difficult situation for Essential Power Services on Gardner Falls Street.

The problem was discovered Tuesday at the hydroelectric facility.

Essential Power says some oil from the transformer did get out and into the Deerfield river, and is now contained by booms.

“The oil is a light weight mineral oil, non-PCB containing. It will evaporate and break up quickly compared to heavier oils, so we don’t expect any kind of long lasting environmental impact,” says Alan Douglas, Chief Environmental Health and Safety Officer for Essential Power.

Essential Power says the sinkhole has also undermined some of the foundation of the building, making the situation even more challenging, so they need to make the site more structurally sound, and not let the sinkhole get any bigger, before they can safely finish the clean-up work.


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