WARWICK, RI (WPRI) – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is investigating a complaint about oil allegedly dumped at a rental property owned by State Rep. Joe Trillo, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.
“This was an oil complaint and soil samples were taken as part of our standard practices,” DEM spokesperson Gail Mastrati said.
Trillo, a longtime Warwick legislator, said he has never dumped oil on his property at 72 Baker St., but acknowledged there are containers of oil at the back of the multi-family home.
“I have no information as of yet,” Trillo said in a text message. “And until I completely understand it, I have no comment.”
An eyewitness who asked not to be named said he has seen what appeared to be oil dumped in the dirt next to the two-story building “several times.”
“I don’t understand why someone would do that in 2016,” he said. “I thought people stopped pouring oil on the ground 50 year ago.”
Mastrati said the soil samples gathered today will be analyzed, but she did not offer a time frame. She also would not release whether or not the complainant named the person who allegedly dumped the oil.
“DEM responded to a citizen complaint today at this location and we are investigating, as we do in all cases,” Mastrati said.
The DEM webpage includes a section on how to get rid of motor oil, stating an estimated 1.4 million gallons are discarded improperly every year.Send tips to Target 12 Investigator Walt Buteau at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter@wbuteau