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Oil contaminated soil from leak in Green River

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 27th, 2014 @ 5:09pm



GREEN RIVER, Emery County (AP) — Federal officials say Friday rainstorms pushed some oil and contaminated soil from a nearby well leak into the Green River in southeast Utah.

Bureau of Land Management field manager Beth Ransel said Tuesday that the rain was too much for absorbent material placed in the wash and a structure built to stop the spread of oil and sediment.

Ransel says it's unclear how much oil and contaminated soil reached the river.

She says officials took additional steps Saturday to contain oil remnants in the wash. That prevented further containment during Sunday storms.

The leaking oil well was reported Wednesday in the Salt Wash field southeast of Interstate 70.

Officials do not know how much spilled but say much of it was cleaned up last week.

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