Oil spilled near movie theater in Marana not considered hazmat situation

Oil spilled near movie theater in Marana not considered hazmat situation
Crews working to clear the area of oil. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Crews working to clear the area of oil. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Valve that was left open to leak the 6,000 gallons of road preserving oil. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Valve that was left open to leak the 6,000 gallons of road preserving oil. (Source: Tucson News Now)

MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Officials are saying nearly 6,000 gallons of oil were spilled on the ground from a tanker parked at the intersection of North Business park Drive and Coca Cola Place, near the Harkins Movie theater in Marana.

According to Ricky McKay, the on-site project supervisor, they received a call on Sunday night, June 3 that there was an oil spill, but it was not considered a hazmat situation.  The oil was not on the road, nor was it in the wash near the dirt lot.

The oil that was spilled was TRMSS, a road preserving oil that was being used on Arizona Pavilions from the movie theater north to Cortaro Farms Road.  It came from the back of the tanker, which was not locked according to McKay. He stated the valve had been tampered with and left that way, possibly between Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Tankers are not typically locked, stated McKay, as different crews use the materials and he has never seen anyone tamper with the valves or turn them loose like this one was.

The area should be cleared by the end of the day on Tuesday, June 5.

Marana police are investigating the incident.

According to Sgt. Chris Warren with the Marana Police Department, the while nothing was broken, the suspect(s) made the effort to open the valve, and it is considered a vandalism charge and whoever did it would be responsible for the cost of clean up.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Marana police at (520) 382-2000.

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