Department Of Ecology Responding To Hydraulic Oil Spill Near Pot - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Department Of Ecology Responding To Hydraulic Oil Spill Near Potholes Reservoir

SPOKANE - A spill of hydraulic oil into Potholes East Canal, near Othello, in Adams County was stopped and contained Friday evening, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.    

Potholes East Canal drains out of Potholes Reservoir. The water in the canal is used to irrigate farmland in the area and drains into Soda Lake.

The Grant County Public Utility District was performing routine maintenance Friday afternoon at a canal lift station that controls the flow of water from the reservoir to the canal when a 30-foot-long hydraulic cylinder that opens and closes the gate failed. An Ecology spill responder said the PUD immediately placed absorbent boom in the
canal and shut down operations at the canal lift station.        

The cylinder contained about 250 gallons of hydraulic oil but it appears only about 15 gallons escaped in the canal. The oil not absorbed by the boom likely emulsified in turbid water downstream, according to an Ecology spill responder. The cylinder has been drained and will be removed for repair with a crane.

No harm to fish or wildlife occurred as a result of the spill.

Previous Coverage:

SPOKANE, Wash. – The state Department of Ecology is responding to a spill of hydraulic oil into Potholes East Canal, near Othello, in Adams County. The Grant County Public Utility District was performing routine maintenance at a canal lift station when a gate seal failed. The amount of hydraulic oil spilled at this time is unknown, but the PUD reports a 250-gallon potential. The PUD immediately placed sorbet boom in the area to prevent the spill from spreading down the canal.

Potholes East Canal drains out of Potholes Reservoir. The water in the canal is used to irrigate farmland in the area.

More information about the spill will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

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