Environmental Officials Say Oil Slick Dissipated

Wednesday, July 4th 2007, 3:15 pm
By: News On 6

NOWATA, Okla. (AP) -- Environmental officials say a 42,000 gallon crude oil slick that spilled into the Verdigris River earlier this week has mostly dissipated. Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman Skylar McElhaney says there's no indication the oil went into Lake Oologah, a water source for the city of Tulsa and several other municipalities.

She says experts believe the thick, sticky oil likely was captured by trees and other vegetation upstream from the lake.

The oil spilled into the river on Sunday when a flash flood hit a refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas.