Lincoln Creek oil spill

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Pump which is used to transfer waste oil to from a large storage tank to a smaller tank was left running and the waste oil spilled across a meadow and consequently into a tributary which enters Lincoln creek.

Summary information

Date of incident: April 25, 2000
Location:

Reiger Chicken Farm, Buck Road, Centralia, WA

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Type of incident: 2,000 - 5,000 gallons of waste oil
Cause of incident: Operator error; pump left running resulting in overflow-spill
Responsible party:
Oil on water surface

Oil on water surface. Photo taken by Ron Holcomb, Ecology.

Status updates

April 25, 2000

Pump which is used to transfer waste oil to from a large storage tank to a smaller tank was left running. As a result the smaller tank overflowed, the waste oil spilled across a meadow and consequently into a tributary which enters Lincoln creek.

The pump was shut off, and booms were put in place to reduce impact from the oil.

News releases

Media contact

Ty Keltner, Media contact, ty.keltner@ecy.wa.gov, 360-407-6990, @