Storm Lake oil spill contained, cleaned up, DNR says

Booms were used on a Storm Lake oil spill Sunday to contain the spilled oil, according to the Iowa DNR.

STORM LAKE – An oil spill Sunday afternoon on Storm Lake was contained and cleaned up by crews from the dredging operation that caused the spill, the city of Storm Lake and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

According to a statement released Monday by the DNR, the contract operator of the dredging operation, Dredge America, was “pumping water out of the bilge of the work boat when the operator left to do something else.”

The pump continued, removing all the water and then pumping out about two gallons of oil that was on top of the bilge water. The pilled oil created a sheen of about 100 by 100 feet on the surface of the lake, the DNR said.

Once the Dredge America operators noticed the oil slick, they immediately shut off the pump and started putting absorbent pads on the oil in the lake, the DNR said. The city of Storm Lake, with help from the DNR Lake Patrol, were able to contain the oil on the lake with booms until it could be picked up with absorbent pads.

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