Valve Fails, Causes MI Oil Spill

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 @ 04:03 PM gHale


Cleanup crews cleaned up an oil spill in Heath Township in Allegan County, MI, after a valve failed and 300 gallons spilled at a private well Sunday.

A valve on a 3,000-gallon storage tank failed at a private oil well near 36th St. and 135th Ave., said Allegan County Emergency Manager Scott Corbin. A worker at the site said the valve that failed was new.

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In all, 300 gallons of residual oil spilled over the protective bank into a nearby field.

Corbin said vacuum trucks are on the scene of the spill and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality had been contacted and is investigating. The spill posed no threat to the public, officials said.

Excavators will also need to remove the top layer of soil and the cleanup was in the process of wrapping up on Monday, officials said.

There are 10 oil wells on the site where the spill happened. Goodale Enterprises owns the wells.



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