Oil Spill Still Visible In Verdigris River

Thursday, July 5th 2007, 2:43 pm
By: News On 6

NOWATA, Okla. (AP) _ Environmental officials say they've located pockets of an oil spill in the Verdigris River just north of Oologah Lake. Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Dave Bary says there are visible sheens on floodwaters in the river, but there's no indication the oil has made it into the lake, which supplies water to the city of Tulsa.

Bary says aerial reconaissance teams spotted the slick Thursday morning and are looking for strategic locations to place booms that could be used to contain the spill.

An estimated 42,000 gallons of crude oil spilled during a flash flood earlier this week at a refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas. The oil then floated along the river into Oklahoma, coating trees, buildings and vegetation along the way.

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