Oil spill stopped reaching Navajo Nation tributary

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — An oil spill has been prevented from reaching a tributary of the San Juan River and cleanup work continues at Standing Redrock Creek, Navajo Nation officials said Wednesday.

They said the Capitol Operating Group had a discharge from a corroded pipeline between the saltwater reservoir and an injection well located in Red Valley on August 7. and up to 80 barrels of salt water were released.

Tribal officials said the brine water contained oil, brine and salt water and the release traveled more than three miles through an unnamed drainage to Standing Redrock Creek.

“We continue to monitor the situation together and we will continue to hold the responsible party, the Capital Group, accountable and to ensure that they provide the highest level of redress following the spill that has occurred,” he said. said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. A declaration.

Tribal officials said remediation is expected to continue next week and includes pipeline replacement, treatment of the discharge site and unnamed drainage and collection of contaminated soil from the creek bed.

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They said additional berms and sorbent pads had been placed throughout the creek to collect any runoff from the monsoon rains.

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