Update: Lincoln County Oil Spill Expected To Be Cleaned Up By Friday

Update: Lincoln County Oil Spill Expected To Be Cleaned Up By Friday

Emergency Management officials said crews had contained a crude oil leak in Lincoln County and expected to have the area cleaned by Friday.
Cleanup crews worked all day Thursday to clean up a crude oil spill in rural Lincoln County that happened on Wednesday.

Emergency Management officials said the oil did not contaminate the local drinking water, but added that there was a concern the crude oil may have impacted the local environment, especially at the mouth of the Green River.

EMA Director Don Gilliam said the oil mixed with a creek that flows into the mouth of the river.  He said they inserted absorbent boons in the river which soaked up much of the oil.

Gilliam said they also dammed the creek and rerouted the water to prevent further oil from reaching the river.

Benny Scott, who owns the oil drill on the property, said he only lost a couple hundreds of gallons of oil, but said the cleanup cost would keep the drill from bringing in any profits.

Scott said he does not know how the valve on his tanker truck was opened, which leaked the oil.

He at first thought it was the work of vandals, but said now believed the cows in the field where the truck was parked may have nudged the valve open.

Investigators said they were still looking into what caused the spill.


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