Garfield oil spill cleanup almost complete, Chicago

Chicago battling Garfield oil spill

Chicago battling Garfield oil spill

Originally published in the Chicago Tribune.

After a heating oil tank owned by J.E. Love Co. was found leaking Jan. 12, Jerry Love has estimated that 1,100 to 1,300 gallons of oil leaked from the tank and spread from the 300 block of California Street in Garfield out to Silver Creek through a storm drain.

Love estimated that 53 gallons entered the creek, which is a tributary of the North Fork of the Palouse River and flows through the town of Garfield. According to a press release from the Washington Department of Ecology, the city supplied booms that were placed in the creek to stop oil from moving, and workers patched the storm drain.

As of April 15, Love estimated that 1,100 gallons of oil had been cleaned up.

Ecology spokesperson Jani Gilbert said in January that officials broke surface ice and found diesel oil about 300 feet from a stormwater outfall in Silver Creek. It appeared a pipe near the tank had been contaminated and transferred some oil directly into the tributary, she said.

Love worked with Ecology spill responders and the Toxics Cleanup Program, as well as cleanup contractor National Response Corporation Environmental Services.

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