Thursday, January 27, 2005

Oil Spill Contained To Kentucky River

The issue of cleaning is appeared to be in control. But one thing need to be thorough not only on the surface of the River.

Test must carry out on the ground & the surround area along the river banks & also the inner sufface of the water pipe.

My friend David Gosegood was working a cleaning robot in the 80's. I wonder, whether his cleaning robot is commercially available.

At the meantime, for prevention, the Drinking water filter must be use ...for your Great Health.

Oil Spill Contained To Kentucky River
Cleanup Could Take About A Week

POSTED: 3:07 pm EST January 26, 2005
UPDATED: 12:30 am EST January 27, 2005

WORTHVILLE, Ky. -- A race to keep 63,000 gallons of crude oil from moving into the Ohio River after a major oil spill in the Kentucky River appears to have been successful, officials said late Wednesday.

The spill occurred in the area near where Henry, Carroll and Owen counties meet. An early-morning pipeline rupture created the spill, said Art Smith, a spokesman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The spill traveled about 12 miles from its origin, and five miles from the Ohio River.

The break appeared to have occurred about 50 feet from the river bank, said Jim Gipson, a spokesman for Sunoco Logistics, the pipeline operator.

Four containment booms are now in the river, three from Sunoco and one from the EPA, officials said.

The pipeline and the river are usually farther apart, but recent rain and snow swelled the waterway. The pipeline runs 1,072 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to refineries in northwest Ohio. It carries about 180,000 barrels of crude oil daily.

It took cleanup crews about 12 hours to get boats on the river to battle the spill. Recent flooding left boat docks and ramps covered in mud, which had to be cleaned away before the boats could launch. Bulldozers had to be brought in to clear the mess away.

Water quality experts at the site are evaluating the spill's effects. As of late Wednesday, drinking water does not appear to be affected, they said. If the spill reaches the Ohio River, a treatment plan is in place. Booms are being set up, mainly at Lock One on the Kentucky River, a few miles from the Ohio.

The Louisville Water Co. said Wednesday that its customers should not be affected by the spill.

The impact on wildlife should be minimal, because of the time of year and by the thickness of the oil, which means it will probably float, said Mark Marraccini, a spokesman with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Savannah Hall, who lives near the Kentucky River, said, "I'm just hoping they get it fixed (and) get the oil out and get the smell away."

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