Selectman Matt Ward Writes on the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Oil Spill

Old Lyme Town Hall


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To the Editor:

Due to the growing concern around the oil spill at the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, it is important to clarify any misconceptions.  The First Selectman and I were made aware of the oil spill during a Community Leaders meeting in September 2022.  We were informed that the spill was under control and the School District/BOE were working in conjunction with the DEEP to comply with all clean-up and remediation efforts.

In hindsight the abutting property owners near the spill should have been notified earlier by the School District out of an abundance of caution.  I want to assure everyone going forward, especially as clean-up efforts continue, I will be available to hear your concerns. The safety of the residents impacted by the spill is our priority.  Mr. Griswold and I will remain on top of this issue and will keep residents informed as information becomes available. 

Matthew Ward
Town of Old Lyme