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About 400 gallons of kerosene leaked Saturday afternoon from a faulty valve on a Burchoil Co. tank truck at Clarke’s Landing in Hollywood, authorities report, and the fuel’s path down a drainage ditch led to a sheen on the surface of a Patuxent River tributary.

A cleanup by Hollywood and Patuxent River firefighters and the company’s employees initially focused on blocking the flow of fuel in the drainage ditch, according to officials with the Maryland Department of the Environment and St. Mary’s Department of Emergency Services and Technology. Contaminated soil was removed and absorbent was used on the water, during Saturday’s initial three-hour response, also assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard, and the company’s completion of the task on Sunday.

“There was some sheen visible on the water,” MDE spokesperson Jay Apperson said Monday. “We don’t know how much [fuel] got into the water.”

Bob Kelly, the county agency’s spokesperson, said the response “was swift and very professional.”

jwharton@somdnews.com