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Oil Spill In Dubois

Last updated on Thursday, March 29, 2012

(DUBOIS) - Andy Stinchfield, an emergency responder with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, reports that an oil spill occurred Sunday night near the Dubois Crossroads.

Stinchfield says Rees Indigo Energy, of Nevada, owns the oil well and pump.

According to Stinchfield the pump failed and put about 210 barrels of a crude oil and saltwater mixture into Leistner Creek next to the pump.

Stinchfield says that the creek is a tributary that feeds into the Patoka River. Stinchfield says that they have performed an assessment and determined that the environmental impact is negligible and officers with the Department of Natural Resources have not found any wildlife that have been affected.

Stinchfield also says that there is no danger to drinking water along the stream or Patoka River, and that Jasper Water officials have been notified about the issue.

The 210 barrels of the spill represents about 8000 gallons and Stinchfield says the clean up process should be completed in about 24 hours.

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