Montebello Oil Spill Clean Up In Progress (UPDATED)

By Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou, EGP Staff Writer

See latest story: PXP Oil Spill in Montebello Hills Contaminates Storm Drains, Rio Hondo

A crew began cleaning up an oil spill in Montebello sometime earlier this week, and will continue cleanup into this weekend.

Crews were stationed at Lincoln Avenue and San Gabriel Blvd, and a command center was stationed in the Montebello Town Center mall parking lot late Friday evening. Clean up is reported to have been ongoing for two to three days. The crew on San Gabriel Blvd were reportedly cleaning up a part of the storm drain.

Plains Exploration, & Production, PXP, which actively pumps oil on the Montebello Hills, was identified as the responsible party in the spill. The company has employed NRC Environmental Services to perform the clean up.

No officials were available to give details about the spill, however Fire Marshall Kurt Johnson of the Montebello Fire Department said the spill is currently under control.

The State Department of Fish and Game’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, as well as Los Angeles County Public Works, also appear to be monitoring the situation.

UPDATE: A Montebello resident found some details reported to California Emergency Management Agency as part of a “Hazardous Materials Spill Report” (link) made on April 19. The report states that the spill occurred at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday when a “gasket failed on a flange on a flow line.” About 10 barrels of “produced water” and 40 gallons of crude oil appear to have been spilled at 1400 North Montebello Blvd. (appears also to be the addressed used in other Montebello PXP incidences), and it appears drinking water was not impacted. More information can be found at this blog.

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A clean up crew command center was stationed up in the parking lot of the Montebello Town Center Friday evening. A spill occured several days ago, and Plains Exploration & Production Company appears to be the responsible party. PXP pumps oil on the Montebello Hills.

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6 Responses to “Montebello Oil Spill Clean Up In Progress (UPDATED)”

  1. tila Gregorian on April 23rd, 2011 2:14 pm

    sure hope surrounding city’s are aware of spill since there is a water source at whittier narrows, just down the hill from PXP, oh well, what comes up must go down, right into the underground water source. and they want to build homes on top of the hills or should we say on top of the oil wells, how safe is that? people beware of what greedy oil co. will do for money, with no regards to the safety and welfare of people,this is one of the time we became aware of it, can help but wonder how many other spill there has been that we were not aware of, this one must have been a bigger one than PXP/COOK HILL will admit to

  2. Dedicated to Montebello Ecology on April 26th, 2011 7:43 pm

    it would be good if the name and contact information of the special agency to which any oil field problems can be reported would be posted widely so an accurate record could be kept.. folks in the immediate area of the hills seem to have been misinformed for a long time …..

  3. Dedicated to Montebello Ecology on April 26th, 2011 7:45 pm

    thanks for adding the link to the proper agency….i hope any residents will use it..

  4. Dedicated to Montebello Ecology on April 26th, 2011 7:46 pm

    meant to say Many residents … perhaps there is a way to add past ‘accidents’ to the list if the date and time can be remembered..

  5. Dedicated to Montebello Ecology on April 26th, 2011 7:47 pm

    “produced water” ? is that “fracking fluid”? or some other toxic substance?

  6. Yvonne Watson on April 27th, 2011 12:39 am

    Montebello Ecology,

    According to the report prepared for the U.S.Department of Energy by Argonne National Laboratories “”Produced Water Volumes and Management Practices in the United States”:

    “Produced water is water from underground formations that is brought to the surface during oil or gas production. Because the water has been in contact with hydrocarbon-bearing formations, it contains some of the chemical characteristics of the formations and the hydrocarbons. It may
    include water from the reservoir, water previously injected into the formation, and any chemicals added during the production processes. The physical and chemical properties of produced water vary considerably depending on the geographic location of the field, the geologic formation, and the type of hydrocarbon product being produced. Produced water properties and volume also vary throughout the lifetime of a reservoir.”

    To answer your question, produced water may contain “fracking fluids” if such fluids were injected during the production process.

    Yvonne Watson
    Chief Researcher
    Save the Montebello Hills Task Force
    Sierra Club/Angeles Chapter

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