South Riverkeeper: Oil leak at Annapolis Middle may be worse than estimated

School spokesman says 313 gallons of oil escaped. The South River Federation, an Edgewater-based nonprofit, regularly monitors the stream, a tributary that is three-quarters of a mile long and flows to Crab Creek and the South River. South Riverkeeper Jesse Iliff said the organization has collected water and soil samples that are being tested this week to gauge the geographical reach of the spill. The Coast Guard responded the day of the spill and the school system hired a private contractor, who installed booms to absorb the oil, Mosier said. But Iliff said he believes the ground absorbed some of the oil, and water from melting snow pushed groundwater into the creek, releasing oil past the point of booms. The smell, he said, is still present, but has dissipated.

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