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Homeowner Arrested for Oil Spill

The homeowner who allegedly caused an oil spill into the Saugatuck River in Westport was arrested on Wednesday.

Robbie Guimond, 35, of 471 Riverside Ave., was charged with discharge without a permit. He was arrested following investigation into Sunday’s spill.

Sgt. Jerry Shannon, police public information officer, said the charge is a felony, but it is unclassified so the potential penalty if Guimond is convicted is unknown at this time.

Guimond also faces federal fines that start at $25,000, Shannon said, and the U.S. Coast Guard intends to charge him for the clean-up costs.

The state Department of Environmental Protection also will charge fines, he said.

According to police, Guimond released 40 to 60 gallons of home heating oil when he transferred it from an in-ground tank to his truck.

The oil leaked down the driveway and some of it went into the river.

Guimond was released on a written promise to appear in court, and he is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Nov. 7.

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