12,000 Gallons of Petroleum Products Spilled in Oregon Fire

April 19, 2022

Environmental cleanup is underway following a fire at a gas station in Medford, Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said that over 12,000 gallons of various petroleum products, mostly lube oil, were released into nearby Bear Creek and surrounding areas during the incident.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and NEXGEN Logistics, LLC are working on the cleanup, which also involves smaller amounts of diesel, gasoline, and kerosene. Absorbent booms have been placed in the creek to help absorb the oil.

Above-ground tanks at the fuel business were being emptied. DEQ said the containers appeared to have remained mostly intact.

Officials also said Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists have captured and cleaned several oiled waterfowl that remain under observation.

EPA set up community air quality monitors and said the air has remained at safe levels.

On Friday, the city of Medford identified seven businesses impacted by the fire, the Mail Tribune reported.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

Topics Energy Oil Gas Oregon

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