Local Eagle Scout Efforts Oil Pollution Clean-Up

August 13, 2010 Updated Aug 13, 2010 at 6:30 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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August 13, 2010 Updated Aug 13, 2010 at 6:30 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - After seeing the tragedy and damage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, 17-year-old Spencer Rubeck of Hamburg wanted to reduce oil pollution here in Lake Erie, so with some generous donations he did just that. Rubeck, a Saint Francis High School student and Eagle Scout, decided to purchase Enviro-Bond Bilge Socks as part of his Eagle Scout community service project. These bilge socks are capable of absorbing oil, gasoline, and diesel.

"Oil Pollution is ridiculous here," said Rubeck. "Until you see an overview map picture of how polluted the lake is, you don't understand how serious of an issue this can be."

Rubeck raised more than a $1000 and was able to purchase 100 bilge socks. If all the devices are used correctly, it's estimated that in total about 2,100 pounds of oil could be prevented from spilling into Lake Erie. The 17-year-old will distribute the bilge socks to the public on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the NFTA Small Boat Harbor in Buffalo.