Photos provided by the fire department show oil spilled in a ditch in Covington.

During a public safety committee meeting Tuesday, Covington Fire Chief Richard Griggs announced an oil spill was reported in a Covington subdivision on Feb. 18. 

“It looked to be used motor oil in a ditch,” he said. “We were told it was the oil out of an 18-wheeler truck.” 

The spill was located in front of a home on Andrew Street, in the subdivision in northwest Covington. The fire department used pads and absorbent mats to help clean the spill. 


It was reported to the property management company, has been remedied, and is being watched by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

“I think it’s important we get it cleaned up,” Griggs said. “I hope we set some precedents here because we don’t want anyone putting oil in ditches in our city. We want our neighborhoods nice and clean.” 

There was no threat to citizens or the water supply. 

Two people were cited into court by the Covington Police Department. Police chief Donna Turner said they plan to request restitution. 

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