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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