OEM’s response to red diesel spill comes, close to completion

Red Diesel Spill

VICTORIA, Texas – On Sunday, Feb. 21st, there was a red diesel spill near the Dry Creek area on Old Goliad road.

The Office of Emergency Management has been working the site for some time now, since it affected 12 residents in the area.

Rick McBrayer, OEM Coordinator, said their office is about 98 percent finished with their part of the clean up and repairing process.

According to McBrayer, Atlas Oil Company ran a camera through a cohort system to make sure there wasn’t any long-term damage.

Since the water lines are independent from one another, the only one affected was water line 3, which is labeled in orange.

However getting access to the middle part of water line 3 was a challenge. Finally, this past weekend, they gained access through a ‘point of entry’ labeled with a red-and-black exclamation point icon on the map.

There are 2 revision options for the next steps that will take place.

“They also submitted their plan, a new plan out to Texas Parks and Wildlife and to TCEQ that are in charge of longterm remediation of the environmental impacts on the area. So they are working with those state agencies to identify and make any revisions to that plan. But still the 2 prominent plans are either going to be (1) Doing a flushing of the actual Dry Creek area, which means they basically bring water and flush it through the system or (2) Solar remediation, where they actually come in and pull things out,” McBrayer said.

Right now, they are finishing up the absorption methodology process. Overall, 162,000 gallons of water was pumped out to clear out all damage caused by this spill.

The OEM wants local residents to know that crews will still be out there working this week.

You can see on the map above, the areas where crews will continue to work are labeled as Outfall, Berm 1, and Berm 2.

List of Agencies that helped during clean-up process:

  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Commissioner Burns and Precinct Staff
  • Victoria County Sheriffs Office
  • Victoria County Fire Marshall’s Office
  • County Flood Plane Administration Office
  • Railroad Commission
  • GLO
  • TCEQ

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