vandals spill oil into creek bed : environment: crews say the 3,000-gallon leak, caused when valves were opened, will be fairly easy to clean. - containment berm
Authorities said on Thursday that the vandals opened valves on three tanks at a remote San Clarita oil facility, leaking about 3,000 gallons of crude oil, 500 of which flowed into a dry creek bed
Director of the State Department's Fish and Wildlife clean-up, Chris malahamd, said no major damage had occurred.
Most of the oil flowed into the two mud berths containment areas hastily built by Los Angeles County firefighters at the hillside oil partners, located west of the Sierra Highway and South of the Dockweiler Drive, deputy to the sheriff, Roger Ham, said.
Marlahand said the leak on Wednesday night did little harm to the environment because the creek had been dry for a while and the oil was thick and relatively easy to clean.
"It's not a moving stream, there's no fish or aquatic life, so it won't go far and it won't do much damage," he said . ".
"It should also be easier to clean up because the creek bed is sand rather than rock and it is more difficult to clean up.
Glen Davis, the company's business manager, said the company had received no threats and no evidence that the incident had anything to do with any protests in the Persian Gulf War.
"We are almost certain that this has nothing to do with it," Davis said . ".
"But no matter who did it, he seemed to know what he was doing.
Delegates said they had no suspects.
The leak was found around 9: 25. m.
On Wednesday, during routine inspections by oilfield workers.
Company officials found that,
42,000-inch valve ongallon-
Capacity tank has been opened.
The staff immediately began cleaning up with large vacuum cleaners and machines that separated the oil from the soil.
The cleanup is expected to be completed on Monday, Davis said.