Bangor Oil Spill E21306

Site Contact:
Ashley Nilsen
On-Scene Coordinator

Site Location:
Pennsylvania Ave & First Street
Bangor, PA 18013
NRC#: 1302279

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to respond to an oil discharge into Martins Creek, in the Borough of Bangor. Oil is entering the creek from a storm sewer outfall, from a crack in the sewer on 8th Street.  The source of the spill is not presently known.

Under a Unified Command (UC) - a multi-agency team consisting of EPA, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Northampton County Emergency Management, and Bangor Borough are continuing to investigate the source of this release.

Crews have secured the affected area of the creek with containment boom and constructed an underflow dam where the storm sewer system discharges to the creek. Over 2,000 gallons of oil have been recovered to date using a vacuum truck and absorbent material.

EPA and partnering agencies continue to work in Bangor to identify the source of the oil spill in Martins Creek. The underflow dam at the storm sewer outfall at 1st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, along with collection areas behind each boom set, are skimmed several times a week to remove emulsified oil. EPA and partnering agencies selected an Oil/Water Separator as a semi-permanent solution to contain and collect oil outside of the creek. EPA anticipates that the installation of the Oil/Water Separator will take place around late Summer 2021.

Ongoing Source Investigation for the site will continue in late-August with the use of geomagnetic technology. Currently, EPA and partnering agencies are finalizing the details of the work proposal to move forward with using geomagnetic technology at the site. The information gathered with this technology is expected to help lead to the discovery of the source of the oil spill. For questions or concerns, please contact EPA On-Scene Coordinator Ashley Nilsen at or EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Katie Page at

The most recent fact sheet from May 2021 and Press Release can be found in the "Resources" column of this webpage under "Documents" and "Notices," respectively. 

For local news coverage at the site, please read "EPA still addressing fuel oil spilling from storm sewer into Martins Creek in Bangor for past 3 months, source of spill still unknown" published on July 8, 2021 by Andrew Scott of The Morning Call. 

For additional information, visit the Notices section.