Seattle Times: Fairview Ave. transformer is source of Lake Union oil spill

UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. The location of the leaking transformer has been added.

The Seattle Times reported Friday that the source of an oil spill into Lake Union last week was a City Light transformer on Fairview Avenue E. that was damaged by vandals.


The Times reports:

The damaged transformer, located near the lake on Fairview Avenue East, contained 45 gallons of mineral oil, much of which had spilled out. The oil flowed onto the ground and into a stormwater drain that emptied into the lake. City Light discovered the damaged transformer late Tuesday, according to a news release.

A City Light spokesperson says the transformer was located on the stretch of Fairview East near Lake Union Drydock.

The Times quotes City Light as saying that firms hired by City Light were cleaning up the spill.

Read the Times story here.