Oil Sheen Lingering Around Lake Oologah

Friday, July 6th 2007, 3:03 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Environmental officials are racing to soak up the remnants of a 42,000-gallon crude oil spill in the Verdigris River as they completed work on an 1,800-foot absorbent boom north of Lake Oologah. The lake is a water source for the city of Tulsa, although officials say there's no threat to drinking water since the intake valves are well beneath the lake's surface.

The Environmental Protection Agency is installing the last 900-foot span of boom across the river to soak up what's lest of the oil spill. The boom is being installed along the river near U.S. Highway 60 a few miles north of Lake Oologah and is equipped with an absorbent material to soak up oil on the river's surface.

The oil spilled into the lake last Sunday during a flash flood at a refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas.