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Motor oil dumped into new fire hydrant site

The EPA is investigating an act of vandalism to the Bellaire water system. Motor oil was dumped at a construction site of a fire hydrant replacement.

The EPA is investigating an act of vandalism to the Bellaire water system. Motor oil was dumped at a construction site of a fire hydrant replacement.

Bellaire village officials were first notified of the vandalism by a crew on site around 8 a.m. Gallons of used motor oil was dumped at the construction site for a new fire hydrant at 3002 Washington Street.

“We're estimating it to be about 15-20 gallons of used motor oil is what it looks like,” said Village Administrator Scott Porter.

Porter says while the oil did spread over these aging valves and pipes, most importantly the lubricant did not get into the water system.

“Water is off at this location but had it got into the water system it would have been a mess,” Porter said.

The EPA was notified and is investigating the incident as a criminal act. Porter says an environmental company was also called to excavate the hole and dispose of the oil properly.

“It's our due diligence for the citizens to make sure that we notify, you know we just want to verify that everything is fine," Porter said.

As for who's to blame, there's not enough evidence to pinpoint a suspect, so village leaders aren't pointing fingers.

“Folks get upset when you shut water off or different things so…or it may have just been malicious,” Porter said.

The vandalism is expected to cost the village's insurance about $5,000.

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