The Department of Energy & Environmental Protection have recently been investigating an oil leak at a Shelton residence located on Westminster avenue. Homeowner, Rebecca Stypelkoski, said she first noticed a peculiar taste to her tap water back in mid-July. \u201cI was making coffee with it, giving it to the dogs, and showering,\u201d said Stypelkoski. \u201cThe smell and funny taste would come and go so initially I didn\u2019t think anything of it. I think I got used to it.\u201d After months of dealing with the tainted water, Stypelkoski and her two daughters, who have since moved in with their father in Ansonia due to the circumstances, went to check on the filter in their basement because the smell of oil became more apparent. She said the water sprayed everywhere when they checked and determined that the oil leak was seeping into their water line. The DEEP have already pumped out over 100 gallons of oil out of her well and are testing their neighbor\u2019s water supply as well to see if it was affected by the leak. \u201cNow they\u2019re drilling in my basement,\u201d said Stypelkoski. \u201cBecause most likely the oil is underneath my floor. I have no water whatsoever. I\u2019ve been relying on bottled water, taking showers up the street at my girlfriend\u2019s house, and my neighbors have been letting me use their hose.\u201dAside from the obvious adjustments that Stypelkoski has stated she\u2019s had to make since discovering the leak, her boyfriend, Mike D\u2019Auto who used to be a licensed service technician said it\u2019s caused quite the financial burden for her as well. \u201c\u2018Nationwide is on your side?\u2019 Yeah right,\u201d said D\u2019Auto. \u201cInsurance is denying coverage and said they don\u2019t want anything to do with it.\u201d With damage to some of her basement walls and others having to be torn down, floors being torn up and her front yard being dug out for testing the tab for these repairs have quickly skyrocketed. \u201cRight now we are looking at over $100,000 worth of repairs and for cleanup,\u201d said ____ . \u201cYou pay for these premiums and then when a crisis happens and you call them up they deny you. I\u2019m a single mom, how am I supposed to come up with that kind of money?\u201d Stypelkoski said the cause of the leak could be from\u00a0pipes being out of date. \u201cIt might have been an old leak. This past winter I was like \u2018wow I\u2019m going through fuel pretty quick. Faster than in the past,\u2019 but I didn\u2019t think anything of it,\u201d said Stypelkoski. \u201cI still want to wake up one day and be like this is all a dream and isn\u2019t happening to me.\u201d Cynthia Chanaca, a representative from D.E.E.P. said the oil leak has been ruled a failed underground transfer line and emergency responders are currently doing testing of wells in the neighborhood. D\u2019Auto said he is confused as to how their oil company came into the home months prior to the discovery of the leak and said they were \u201cgood to go\u201d. He also said that since the DEEP have been inspecting the home he believes he has discovered that the damages all could have been prevented with a fifty dollars worth of copper. \u201cIt could save your house in the long-run. It\u2019s something simple to do,\u201d said D\u2019Auto. \u201cThis is going to be devastating. Problems like this are common in older homes. They have a bare copper wire, a line of three eighths tubing running through the concrete under the foundation and come up again next to the furnace. It\u2019s very common. The very nature of it is deteriorating because you have concrete which will eventually attack the copper and cause this problem.\u201d D\u2019Auto advised homeowners to check out their furnace system as the damages to Stypelkoski\u2019s prove that small fixes can result in huge deficits. \u201cOur options are to pay it forever or walk away and go bankrupt,\u201d said Stypelkoski. \u201cI have top-notch million dollar coverage but nothing is being covered by Nationwide because they said they don\u2019t cover anything with oil or hazardous waste. What gets me is the state should make this a law that insurance cover this kind of stuff because it\u2019s costing them money. Stypelkoski said she will most likely never be able to sell her home and it will forever be a \u201cthorn in her side.\u201d \u201cWho knows how far this will go?,\u201d said Stypelkoski. \u201cThe DEEP said they can\u2019t believe no one wants to cover this so they are currently going after Nationwide.\u201d Stypelkoski said although she is stuck with the bill she is grateful that this leak was found before there would have been a higher risk of contaminating her neighbor\u2019s\u2019 water. Tests are still being conducted to determine the effects of the leak and more details are to be released upon their arrival.