HazMat crews: OKC oil spill will take days to clean up
OKLAHOMA CITY – We now know the company responsible for the oil spill on Hefner and Penn. Ave. in Oklahoma City Friday afternoon.
It’s called Meadowbrook Oil Corporation of Oklahoma.
Crews expect the clean up to take several days.
Workers have placed oil booms in the storm water drainage system where the oil leaked.
Residents reported smelling a strong odor when the wind swept the smell into the neighborhoods.
“I never expect that,” Victor Moore said. “I come through every day except for today, and it smell like oil.”
It wasn’t too much of a surprise for those used to living around the pump jack.
“I see this everyday going to work,” resident Sean Delua said. “It’s not a surprise that it could happen but I just never thought about it happening.”
It was a surprise to the owner of Meadbrook, Michael Dean.
He wouldn’t go on camera but said crews monitor the pump daily.
He estimates nearly 200 gallons of oil leaked in a one mile stretch of the storm drain.
Crews clamped the line off by 3 p.m. but that’s when the real work began.
“Couple hours out here pumping and maybe take days to clean up,” Maj. Carl Cobb said, Oklahoma City HazMat.
The city said the storm water in the drain runs to area rivers and basins but as long as the oil stays contained to where it now sits, environmental problems won’t span beyond the Hefner and Penn area.
“I come through here everyday and I come through looking for ducks and fish to feed,” Moore said.
He even saw ducks floating near crews cleaning the oil, aiming to remove all now sitting on the surface.
The owner of Meadowbrook said his workers train for these leaks and they aren’t sure what caused the fill line to rupture.
Now they are digging into the ground to fix the line.