Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Colleen Connolly says up to 1.8 million gallons of sewage leaked into the Little Schuylkill (SKOO'-kull) River in Tamaqua on Wednesday.
According to a Transportation Department spokesman, workers drilled through the pipe while sinking a caisson for a temporary bridge on Route 309.
Connolly says the pollution didn't appear to cause a fish kill. She says officials have not yet decided whether to assess penalties.
The Standard-Speaker of Hazleton reports ( http://bit.ly/JDmsIY) that contractors finished patching the concrete pipe on Thursday.
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