Residents of New Lebanon and Coxsackie have learned a tough lesson in environmental conservation, thanks to two chemical spills in those towns.
The New Lebanon spill happened on County Road 5A on Thursday after a collision between two vehicles caused diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid to leak from a piece of equipment carried by one of the vehicles. The truck, owned by New Leaf Tree Services of Chatham, was towing a large wood chipper, police said. The impact of the accident caused the wood chipper to overturn in the middle of the road. The state Department of Environmental Conservation responded to the liquid leak.