Over 124,000 gallons of red diesel, water collected from Dry Creek
Local, state workers continue to cleanup oil spill
VICTORIA, Texas – Emergency management and Victoria county fire workers continue cleaning an oil spill.
Red diesel spilled into Dry Creek on Sunday. The creek is located in the 2700 block of Old Goliad Road.
Rick McBrayer, coordinator of the Victoria County Office of Emergency Management, says Atlas Oil, the Michigan-based company responsible for the spill, has been cooperative in their response and recovery efforts. The Victoria location is located at 808 Bob White Rd. Victoria, TX 77905.
Twelve hazmat contractors had vacuumed 124,716 gallons of diesel and water as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
A secondary berm has been installed at the end of the impacted area to keep diesel from moving further downstream.
“Operations will continue for the remainder of the day and then they’ll make an assessment on how much we were able to finish today and then they’ll make a new plan for tomorrow on additional vacuuming they may have to do or continuation of walking the creek bed and doing the absorbent pad methodology, so at least for a several more days, they’ll be out here working,” McBrayer said.
The public should expect traffic delays on Old Goliad Road and be aware of heavy equipment activity on the roadway.
Twelve residents with property extending to the creek are reported to have been affected by the spill. These residents were contacted and water samples were taken and sent for analysis. Authorities are confident that the water wells are safe.
Authorities do not anticipate any other associated hazards at this time.
Environmental agencies such as Texas Parks and Wildlife will arrive on-scene today to begin assessing recovery needs.
Cleanup status as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday:
Section Alpha 90 percent
Section Bravo 85 percent
Section Charlie 100 percent
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