At least 12,000 gallons of oil has leaked since Tuesday fire
Cleanup is underway of petroleum products that escaped during the Tuesday night fuel fire in Medford, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
The products made it into Bear Creek and other nearby areas. In an effort to reduce the contamination of Bear Creek, absorbent booms have been placed in the creek.
DEQ, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and NEXGEN Logistics LLC are engaged in removing an estimated 12,000 gallons of various petroleum products released during the emergency — mostly lube oil but also diesel, gasoline and kerosene.
“There is no current estimate on the amount of petroleum that was consumed by the fire or released to the area and Bear Creek,” the DEQ stated in an announcement Thursday night.
Above-ground tanks at the fuel business, at 936 S. Central Ave., are being emptied. DEQ stated that the containers appeared to have remained intact.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said several oiled ducks and geese have been captured, cleaned and remain under the observation of wildlife biologists.
People are asked not to approach or pick up oiled wildlife. Instead, notify International Bird Rescue at 707-689-3944 so experts trained in wildlife rehabilitation can help the animals.
Community air monitors set up by the EPA indicate air quality has remained healthy, DEQ added.
On Friday, the city of Medford identified seven businesses impacted by the fire.
In addition to Carson Pacific Pride, the fire took out four commercial buildings in the 900 block of South Central Avenue used by Sky High Smoke n’ Accessories, La Clinica, Southern Oregon Printing, La Mota Medford 7 and General Equipment / Hotsy Inc., according to an afternoon update from the city.
South Central Avenue remained closed Friday between East 13th Street and East Barnett Road due to the massive cleanup.
📢Medford Fuel Depot Release Updates:— OregonDEQ (@OregonDEQ) April 15, 2022
✅Air quality is healthy according to @EPAnorthwest monitors
✅Cleanup teams have placed absorbent boom at 6 locations
✅An est. 12,000 gallons of various petroleum products were released during the incident
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