Please see information below regarding the oil incident at the Elementary School. The project is ongoing. The School is on schedule to re-open for the 2021-2022 School Year. More detailed explanations are available by clicking on the documents at the bottom of the page.
How the oil incident occurred:
- The School Department rented tents from a contractor in anticipation of the Leicester Schools reopening as COVID-19 quarantine measures were relaxed. One of these tents was installed at the Leicester Elementary School.
- Workers from the company installed the tent on March 31, 2021. The tents are anchored by 44-inch spikes, one of which punctured an underground oil supply line which feeds the school’s boilers, which are 24 inches underground.
- Days after the puncture, School staff detected an oil smell in one of the classrooms and began searching for the source.
- A small test pit excavation revealed the leak on April 16th.
- An insurance claim was filed, and the necessary filings with DEP and the Conservation Commission were filed.
- The School was closed on April 26th, as the order increased as the excavation was expanded. Work continues to this day.
- Estimated leak amount: 750 Gallons
- Estimated cost of remediation: $700,000 - $800,000
- Insurance coverage limit: $500,000
- Billing thus far: $371,388.09
- Other sources of funding beyond insurance limit: Potential claim against tent contractor; School funds. No general fund transfers or free cash usage are anticipated.
- Indoor air quality in three rooms near the leak were initially below current DEP twenty-seven (27) year safety standards; remediation measures continue to be administered and indoor air quality testing continues to be done to monitor the levels.
- All work permitted and observed by Conservation Commission and Mass DEP
- A Licensed Site Professional (LSP) is onsite and directing clean-up efforts
- No water quality issues detected in Sargent’s Pond