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Feb 12, 2015

05:57:21 GMT--Environment Pollution - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: ED-20150212-46972-USA

Date / time: 12/02/2015 05:53:25 [UTC]

Event: Environment Pollution

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Oklahoma

Location: Marietta [Salt Creek]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


Close to 600 barrels of crude oil leaked in to Salt Creek in Marietta after a pipeline sprung a leak 12 days ago. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the leak was discovered by an employee with JP Energy, which owns the pipeline. The EPA says the oil is not affecting the drinking water in the area and they have no reason to believe the oil will reach Lake Texoma. Local authorities won't let anyone near the leak unless they're part of the clean up effort. According to the pipe's owners, JP energy, workers were prepared. "We immediately stop the flow and that way it stops the release and then we respond and have local responders assist us in beginning to contain and clean up the oil," Kryak said. JP Energy Vice President health, safety and environment, Deborah Kryak says they don't know how the leak happened but they contained it quickly. EPA spokesperson Jennah Durant says the oil leaked out of the pipe and then traveled about a mile into Salt Creek, about two and a half miles from Lake Texoma. More than 70 people have spent the last 12 days cleaning up. "The oil has been contained through several dams that has been set up in the creek," Durant said. "So despite some bad rainfall on the first night after the spill, the oil contained to the creek and at this point doesn't appear to be a threat to lake Texoma." The companies have laid out nine dams throughout the creek where the oil leaked. The dams are made from a special material to absorb the oil. "The last dam is about 2.5 miles away from the lake, but there is no oil at that point so the last two dams are purely precautionary," Durant said. Two people live nearby the spill, fortunately their home was not affected by the spill. Durant says an official from the State Office of Fish and Wildlife assessed the scene and so far no animals, insects, fish or birds have been affected by the oil spill.

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