300-gallon diesel spill at Dash Point State Park - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

300-gallon diesel spill at Dash Point State Park

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) - The oil sheen on Puget Sound near Federal Way from a diesel spill at Dash Point State Park is too thin for skimmers to pick up. State Ecology Department spokeswoman Katie Skipper says the relatively light diesel spreads rapidly and evaporates.

She said a greater concern Friday is ground at the park that was soaked when a nearly full 300-gallon tank emptied. The cleanup is likely to take days.

A cleanup contractor, NRC Environmental Services, has been hired. Workers have put booms and absorbent pads in a creek at the park that flows into the sound.

Skipper says the fuel leaked from a fuel tank used by a contractor painting a nearby bridge. The spill was discovered Thursday night by a park ranger.

 

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